Florence, S.C. — The Steel Joist Institute announced the presentation of its upcoming June and July webinars, titled “Joist Girder Moment Connections to W-Shaped Columns,” which will feature special guest speaker, Dr. James M. Fisher. The webinars will cover information contained in the newly released SJI Spreadsheet for the design of moment connections to building sidewall and interior columns (LRFD and ASD).

During the presentation, Fisher will provide background information as to the AISC connection design criteria used within the spreadsheet, as well as demonstrate an example of a Joist Girder Moment Connection to a Sidewall Column. The webinar will focus on how to use the Spreadsheet for connection design and checking, and to eliminate costly stiffeners and doubler plates on W-shaped Columns. All participants will receive a copy of the Reference Manual and the Spreadsheet.

The webinars will be held on Wednesday, June 18, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. (EDT) and Wednesday, July 16, from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. (EDT). Individual and site registration for the June webinar is available at www.steeljoist.org/junwebinar. Individual registration cost is $75.00 and each person who registers will receive his or her own link to the webinar and earn 0.15 CEUs, 1.5 PDHs, or 1.5 LUs. Site registration also is available for $300.00, allowing multiple attendees from the same company to utilize one link to the webinar. Registration for the July webinar is available at www.steeljoist.org/julywebinar.

Fisher is Vice President Emeritus of Computerized Structural Design (CSD), a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based structural engineering firm. He is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and the American Iron and Steel Institute specification committees, ASCE/SEI 7, Standards Committee for “Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures,” and the ASCE Committee on the “Design of Steel Building Structures.” Fisher currently serves as the SJI Consulting Engineer and has authored many technical papers and Design Guides for both AISC and the SJI. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois, where he received his Ph.D.

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 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. For more information, visit www.steeljoist.org or join the Steel Joist LinkedIn group.