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AISI Comments on ASCE Infrastructure Report Card
Last week, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) commented on the release of the American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 report card, which grades U.S. infrastructure A-F.  This year, U.S. infrastructure received a blanket grade of D+, while bridges received a C+. “The roads, highways and bridges that enable the transport of steel are suffering from a lack of investments that are threatening commerce and global economic competitiveness,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO, AISI. “The report card demonstrates the areas where there is opportunity to construct and modernize our nation’s foundation, and the bridge program is a large part of that.” To read the full ASCE report card, visit their website. Read AISI’s full press release here.
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AISI Applauds Return to Vehicle Standards Process
The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) applauded today’s announcement by the Trump Administration on re-examining fuel-economy standards for 2022-2025 model light year vehicles set by the previous administration. “We are confident that getting the partnership between the government and stakeholders back on track will result in a plan for the future which protects the environment by establishing a common sense, implementable single national program for CAFE and GHG standards,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI. To read AISI’s full press release visit here.
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John K. Catterall Named Executive Director of Auto/Steel Partnership

The Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) has named John Catterall, an automotive engineering veteran in body structure, chassis and closure applications, as its new executive director. “John has been an active member in the A/SP for many years and his working knowledge of the organization, as well as his deep understanding of the automotive industry made him the right candidate for the position,” said Steve Gallagher, body structures technical specialist at Ford Motor Co.  A/SP is leading the way in the development and implementation of mass efficient, high performance, cost-efficient solutions for body and chassis applications. To read the full press release visit here.
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AISI Standards Council Small Project Fellowship Program Announces Winning Research Proposals for 2017
The AISI Standards Council has selected five winning research proposals for its 2017 Small Project Fellowship Program. Launched in 2014, the program identifies and provides funding for research projects that will significantly impact the reliability, performance, and cost-competitiveness of cold-formed steel framing products in a variety of end-use applications. The winning research proposals and academic institutions are:
  • “Major Improvement of Level of Development (LOD) Specification for Cold-Formed Steel Framing Construction” – University of North Texas 
  • “Computational Shear Wall Design Utilizing Fastener Testing” – The Johns Hopkins University 
  • “Experimental Database of Transverse Fillet Welds” – The Johns Hopkins University 
  • “Direct Strength Prediction of Purlins With Paired Torsion Braces” – Old Dominion University 
  • “Experimental Testing of Steel Deck Flexural Capacity” – Milwaukee School of Engineering
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Agencies to Review Water Rule
In accordance with a Presidential directive, the U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced their intention to review and rescind or revise the Waters of the U.S. final rule issued during the last administration. The final rule sought to define the scope of federal jurisdiction over domestic waters under the Clean Water Act, but has been stayed nationwide pending ongoing litigation. 
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CFSEI Updates Technical Note on the Design of Bypass Slip Connectors in Cold-Formed Steel Construction
The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) has updated “Design of Bypass Slip Connectors in Cold-Formed Steel Construction,” designated as Tech Note F103-17. It replaces Tech Note W103-11 and provides information on the common types of slip connectors, their functions, and placement in cold-formed steel structures. The Note is the latest in CFSEI’s continuing series of instructional documents on topics related to cold-formed steel framing for commercial and residential construction.
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The Steel Deck Institute Updates Five Standards

The Steel Deck Institute (SDI) has updated five standards and has made them available for free here. SDI’s updated suite of standards reflects recent research advancements and correlates with diaphragm design references in AISI S310-16, North American Standard for the Design of Profiled Steel Diaphragm Panels, 2016 Edition.  
The updated standards include:
  • ANSI/SDI C-2017 ―  Standard for Composite Steel Floor Deck – Slabs
  • ANSI/SDI QA/QC-2017 ― Standard for Quality Control and Quality Assurance for Installation of Steel Deck
  • ANSI/SDI T-CD-2017 ― Test Standard for Composite Steel Deck – Slabs
  • ANSI/SDI RD-2017 ― Standard for Steel Roof Deck – Slabs
  • ANSI/SDI NC-2017 ― Standard for Non-Composite Steel Floor Deck 
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