NEW YORK and CHICAGO—The Steel Joist Institute (SJI) and Steel Deck Institute (SDI) are offering full-day, in-depth, five-part programs on Oct. 16, 2007, in Chicago and on Oct. 18, 2007, in New York City. The identical seminars are designed to help engineers, architects, and other design professionals determine when steel joist and steel deck construction is the best solution.

Highlights of the programs include proper specification of steel joists and joist girders; proper use of joist substitutes and extended ends; proper specification of roof deck, floor deck, and form deck; determination of bridging requirements for erection and overall stability of steel joists, joist girders, and steel deck; better understanding of the capacity of diaphragms made with steel decks and composite steel decks; and application of steel joist and deck products when subject to various gravity and environmental loading conditions such as rain (ponding), seismic, snow, and wind; concentrated or non-uniform loads; and lateral loads.

The seminars feature detailed design examples that use steel joist and deck for both gravity and lateral load conditions, in addition to overall design recommendations and helpful hints.

According to the SJI and SDI, structural engineers and engineering managers or supervisors who are responsible for design or qualification of building structures and structural components subjected to gravity and lateral loading, as well as those responsible for auditing, reviewing, or approving such designs, will benefit from this training. The course is led by SJI and SDI staff and steel joist and steel deck engineering professionals employed by member companies of SJI and SDI. Each participant earns 0.75 CEUs or 7.5 PDHs.

A $295 fee includes an instructional binder containing the course presentations, the SJI 42nd edition catalog (2005), and the following SDI publications: Design Manual for Composite Decks, Form Decks and Roof Decks (2000); Roof Deck Construction Handbook (2000); Composite Deck Design Handbook (1997); and Designing with Steel Form Deck (2003).

Attendees can register and pay online at, or call 843-626-1995 to request a registration form via fax.