NASCC: The Steel Conference Presents Special Seismic Sessions

This will be a great conference to go to. Bummed it is not in California.

Twenty years ago the Northridge Earthquake shook California and the results surprised designers throughout the U.S. AISC and the steel industry is presenting a special series of sessions at this year’s NASCC: The Steel Conference examining the lessons learned and the state-of-the-art in seismic design.

The special sessions kick off on Wednesday, March 26 with presentations on what happened in Northridge and the development of the SAC Steel Project, presented by FEMA Technical Advisor Mike Mahoney and the University of California at Berkeley’s Steve Mahin. Other presentations during the three day conference include:

  • The Moment Connection Details We Left Behind (and Why) — Mike Engelhardt, University of Texas at Austin
  • The Changes to Design Practice — Tom Sabol, Englekirk and Sabol
  • Revisiting W1a Indications — Duane Miller, The Lincoln Electric Company
  • Failure Analysis of Pre-Northridge Connections – Lessons Learned — John Barsom, Barsom Consulting
  • Japan’s Experience in Kobe — Masayoshi Makashima, Kyoto University
  • The Changes in Resulted in Research — Chia-Ming Uang, University of California at San Diego
  • AISC 341 Then and Now — Jim Malley, Degenkolb Associates
  • AISC 358: Prequalified Moment Connections — Ron Hamburger, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
  • The Changes in Materials and Inspection — Tom Schlafly, AISC
  • The Changes in Fabrication and Erection — Bob Hazleton, Herrick Corp.
  • Column Base and Splice Details — Amit Kanvinde, University of California, Davis
  • Conventional Braced Frames — Charles Roeder, University of Washington
  • Buckling-Restrained Braced Frames — Rafael Sabelli, Walter P Moore
  • Shear Walls — Michel Bruneau, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Systems that Mix Steel and Concrete (Beyond Composite Design) — Jerry Hajjar, Northeastern University
  • System Reliability — Greg Deierlein, Stanford University
  • ASCE 41, John Hooper, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

In addition to the special seismic presentations, NASCC: The Steel Conference offers more than 100 technical sessions and 200 exhibition booths. The Steel Conference is widely recognized as the place for engineers, fabricators, detailers and erectors to learn about structural steel design and construction, to interact with their peers and to see the latest products for steel buildings and bridges. Each year more than 3,500 professionals gather. It’s a once-a-year opportunity to learn the latest techniques, see the most innovative products and network with your peers and clients. One low registration fee gains you admittance to all technical sessions (including NASCC: The Steel Conference, the Annual Stability Conference, the World Steel Bridge Symposium, the Technology in Steel Conference, and the T.R. Higgins Lecture.

The Steel Conference will be held March 26-28 in Toronto. For full information or to register, visit Registration is currently $330 but increases $10 each week until the conference.

I hope to see you in Toronto.


Charlie Carter, S.E., P.E., Ph.D.
Vice President and Chief Structural Engineer

American Institute of Steel Construction
One East Wacker Drive Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601


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