Forest, Va.—The Steel Joist Institute (SJI) and Steel Deck Institute (SDI) are co-sponsoring a full-day, in-depth, five-part program designed to help engineers, architects, and other design professionals determine when steel joist and steel deck construction is the best solution.

Highlights of this comprehensive program 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 the erection and overall stability of steel joists, joist girders, and steel deck; and better understanding of the capacity of diaphragms made with steel decks and composite steel decks. The seminar also covers the application of steel joist and deck products when subject to various gravity and environmental loading conditions such as rain ponding, seismic, snow, wind, concentrated or non-uniform loads, and lateral loads.

In addition to overall design recommendations and helpful hints, the seminar features detailed design examples that utilize steel joist and deck for both gravity and lateral load conditions.

The seminar benefits anyone involved in the design or qualification of building structures. Structural engineers and engineering managers or supervisors as well as those responsible for auditing, reviewing or approving such designs are encouraged to attend. The program is led by SJI and SDI staff, and steel joist and steel deck engineering professionals employed by member companies of the institutes.

The seminars will be held in the following cities:

  • San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 24, 2009
  • Philadelphia on Mar. 17, 2009
  • Phoenix on April 4, 2009*
  • Richmond, Va., in May 2009
  • Mobile, Ala., in June or September 2009
  • Milwaukee, Wis., in September 2009
  • Indianapolis in October 2009

*This location is in conjunction with AISC at NASCC. Registration for this seminar is located at

For hotel information and details about a specific seminar, visit Each participant earns 0.75 CEUs or 7.5 PDHs. Cost per person is $325, which 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 (2007), Roof Deck Construction Handbook (2000), Composite Deck Design Handbook (1997) and Designing with Steel Form Deck (2003). These publications have a combined total value of $125. A continental breakfast and a lunch also are included in the fee.

Registration is available now. To register and pay online, visit or call 434-525-7377 to request a registration form via fax.

Besides setting standards for the steel joist industry, the Steel Joist Institute works closely with major building code bodies throughout the country, helping to develop code regulations regarding steel joists and joist girders. The institute also invests thousands of dollars in ongoing research related to steel joists and joist girders and offers a complete library of publications and other training and research aids. The Steel Joist Institute is a not-for-profit organization.

Since 1939, the Steel Deck Institute has provided uniform industry standards for the engineering, design, manufacture, and field usage of steel decks. The SDI is concerned with cold-formed steel products, with various configurations distinctive to individual manufacturers, used to support finished roofing materials or to serve as a permanent form and/or positive reinforcement for concrete floor slabs.