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September 2014

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This month’s newsletter includes information about:

    • 2014 WSBS Recorded Sessions and Proceedings Available Online
    • Matt Shergalis Joins NSBA as Marketing Manager
    • Steel is the Green Material for Road Bridges, Report Says
    • SteelDay is Coming Sept. 19! Have You Signed Up for an Event Yet?
    • Updates from AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration
    • Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Highlighted in Video


2014 WSBS Recorded Sessions and Proceedings Available Online

While there’s no substitution for attending the World Steel Bridge Symposium (WSBS) in person, NSBA offers the next best thing. The recorded WSBS sessions and paper proceedings from this year’s conference in Toronto are now posted online and document much of the material presented at the conference. The WSBS is held every other year in conjunction with NASCC: The Steel Conference.

The recorded WSBS sessions (and recorded NASCC sessions) are available for free online viewing in MP4 format at www.aisc.org/2014nascconline and include a synchronization of the speakers’ voices along with their visual presentations. The WSBS sessions are identified by the letter “B” at the top of the session files chart.

The WSBS proceedings are also posted for free downloading as individual PDF files.

Mark your calendars! The 2015 NASCC: The Steel Conference will be held March 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn., and will include a special track of bridge sessions.

NASCC 2015 newsletter 

Matt Shergalis Joins NSBA as Marketing Manager

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NSBA is proud to welcome Matt Shergalis as its new Marketing Manager. In this position, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership in NSBA’s efforts to build market share for steel bridges in the U.S.

“We’re very happy to have Matt on board as he completes the reconstruction/expansion of the NSBA team, which now has more manpower than ever,” said Bill McEleney, NSBA’s managing director. “Matt will keep his finger on the pulse of the bridge market and be communicating with the bridge owners and designers to understand their needs and respond to them.”

Prior to joining NSBA, Shergalis worked as a structural staff engineer for TLF Engineers, Inc., in Indianapolis, where he was responsible for the design of various projects including an office building expansion, a university athletic facility expansion and renovation and customized platform systems for commercial applications. He also recently received his MBA from Butler University in Indianapolis. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from Trine University in Angola, Ind.

Shergalis can be reached at 312.670.5415 or shergalis@steelbridges.org.

Steel is the Green Material for Road Bridges, Report Says

A new independent study reveals that steel is more than twice as sustainable as other materials when used to construct bridges, according to a recent article published in the Steel International Times.

The study, carried out by a Dutch government organization, analyzed road and bicycle bridges. It found that steel performs best in road bridges because of its low environmental footprint due to its relatively low weight as well as its excellent recycling properties, such as its ability to be “upcycled” into a higher quality steel.

Read the article to learn more.

SteelDay is Coming Sept. 19! Have You Signed Up for an Event Yet?

Only about two weeks left until the structural steel industry’s sixth annual SteelDay, Friday, September 19! Have you signed up for an event yet? (They’re all free!) Whether you visit a structural steel facility, tour a project jobsite or attend a seminar, you can be part of the industry’s largest national educational and networking function.

Hosted by AISC and its members and partners, SteelDay offers free events throughout the country for AEC professionals, faculty and students and the public to see firsthand how the vibrant U.S. structural steel industry works to build our country’s buildings and bridges.

You’ll learn about the industry’s latest technologies (ranging from improvements in the properties of steel to better equipment and new communication and design tools), see what’s going on today with structural steel and network with people advancing the design and construction industry.

This year’s SteelDay includes events at steel bridge fabricators:

All SteelDay events are free to attend. To find and register for an event by state or event type, visit www.steelday.org/events.

To learn more about SteelDay, visit www.steelday.org. You can also keep up with SteelDay updates and discussions via AISC’s social media channels at www.twitter.com/aisc, www.facebook.com/AISCdotORG and www.youtube.com/AISCsteelTV.

Updates from AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration

The AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration is a joint effort between AASHTO and NSBA. The mission of the Collaboration is to achieve quality and value in steel bridges by standardization of design, fabrication and erection and by the sharing of resources. Through the Collaboration, steel bridge professionals work together in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect to develop details, specifications and practices and to exchange knowledge, technology and expertise.

Here are some key updates from the Collaboration:

Three Collaboration Standards Approved for Publishing

The following three collaboration standards were approved for publishing at the recent AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures (SCOBS) Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio:

  • S8.1 - “Guide Specification for Application of Coating Systems with Zinc-Rich Primers to Steel Bridges”
  • S10.1 - “Steel Bridge Erection Guide Specification"
  • 13.1 – “Guidelines for Steel Girder Bridge Analysis"

All Collaboration standards are available for free download from the AASHTO/NSBA Collaboration Standards webpage. They are also available for download from the AASHTO Bookstore. Look for these updated standards to become available later this year.

November Meeting Announced

The next AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration meeting is scheduled for November 6 -7, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. at the Seelbach Hilton. The following Task Group meetings have been scheduled:

  • TG 1 Detailing
  • TG 2/TG5 Fabrication Specification
  • TG 4 QC/QA
  • TG 8 Coatings
  • TG 10 Erection
  • TG 11 Steel Bridge Handbook
  • TG12 Design for Economy & Constructability
  • TG 13 Analysis of Steel Bridges
  • TG 15 Data Modeling for Interoperability
  • TG 16 Orthotropic Deck Panels

For more information, please download the Meeting Announcement or look under the “Upcoming Events” section of the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration webpage. As always, all collaboration meetings are free and open to anyone interested in participating.

Fred R. Beckmann Award Presented to Domenic Coletti

Domenic Coletti, senior bridge engineer at HDR Engineering in Raleigh, N.C., was presented with the Fred R. Beckmann award at the recent AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures Annual Meeting for his work as Chair of Task Group 13, “Analysis of Steel Bridges,” and his contributions to the Collaboration as a whole. This award is given in the spirit of Fred R. Beckmann, who diligently gave of himself to help others achieve the best solutions for our nation’s steel bridges.

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L-R: Ronnie Medlock (High Steel Structures), Domenic Coletti (HDR) and Greg Perfetti (NCDOT) at recent AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures (SCOBS) Annual Meeting

Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Highlighted in Video

Bridge engineering firm Modjeski and Masters has released a video detailing the replacement of the Henry G. Gilmerton Bridge in Chesapeake, Va. The video provides behind-the-scenes insight from the perspectives of the project team and stakeholders.

Gilmerton Bridge Replacement video

One of five critical bridges in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, the Gilmerton Bridge is an essential hub for more than one million vehicular and marine travelers each month. The original bascule span’s 11-ft clearance made it the most frequently opened bridge in Hampton Roads with 7,500 openings per year.

The bridge needed to be replaced to accommodate future growth in an area with increasing traffic. It is predicted the new vertical lift bridge – built using accelerated bridge construction methods – will reduce bridge openings by 40%.

The city and U.S. Coast Guard required the new bridge to be built on the exact same alignment due to the geometry of the river and close proximity of a nearby railroad bridge. The 335-ft long, 85-ft wide lift span was erected on falsework up river and floated in place early last year – an operation considered to be the “crown jewel” for a project that had been in development for nearly 15 years.

The final lift bridge used a total of 5,000 tons of structural steel and 650 tons of miscellaneous steel. Banker Steel (an AISC/NSBA member and AISC certified fabricator) was the steel fabricator for the project and WSP Mountain Enterprises, Inc. (an AISC member) was the steel detailer.

You can read more about the Gilmerton Bridge replacement project in the January 2013 issue of MSC.



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