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Inspection of Steel Building Structures seminar to be offered in Canada this Fall and Winter

This course provide participants with requirements, recommendations and resources for the inspection of steel-framed buildings. The first scheduled seminar will be October 19 – 23, 2015 in one of three Atlantic Provinces (based upon survey results), then October 26 – 30 in Toronto, and February 8 – 12 in Edmonton.

Governing standards and documents discussed include:
• National Building Code of Canada
• CSA S16-09 Design of Steel Structures
• CISC Code of Standard Practice for Structural Steel
• CSA W59-03(09) Welded Steel Construction (Metal Arc Welding)
• CISC Steel Fabrication Quality Systems Guideline

The elements to be discussed include:
• structural steel materials, grades and shapes
• steel fabrication and erection, tolerances
• high-strength bolting, inspection and installation
• welding inspection, including shear studs
• nondestructive testing, and other inspection tools
• seismic systems and requirements
• OWSJ and joist girders
• steel floor and roof deck systems, and steel bar grating
• structural steel plans and specifications
• surface preparation, coatings application and galvanizing
• safety

Discussion will include both detailed technical requirements and methodologies for implementation from both a quality control (production) and quality assurance (third party) inspection perspective. A 3.5-hr final exam is conducted for accreditation the morning of the final day (Friday).
« Examination Rules»
« List of Documents Required during Examination »

Who should attend?
• third-party inspection agencies and certified welding inspectors
• code officials involved in approvals or inspection
• steel fabricators and erectors
• design engineers, constructors, owners and specifiers of steel structures

CISC Accredited Steel Inspector – Buildings
A course participant who achieves an 80% grade on the final exam for this course will be designated by CISC as an Accredited Steel Inspector – Buildings. – See more at:

Bob Shaw recognized for Commission XV chairmanship at International Institute of Welding Annual Assembly

Bob Shaw was recognized for his nine years of service as Chairman of Commission XV on Design, Analysis and Fabrication of Welded Structures. A plaque was presented during the gala banquet of the 68th Annual Assembly of the International Institute of Welding held in Helsinki, Finland. He served three terms of three years each as Chair, succeeding Prof Dr-Ing Adolf Hobbacher of Germany. The new chair will be Stefano Botta of Italy. Bob will continue his participation in the technical activities of the Commission, and will also continue his chairmanship of the IIW’s Select Committee on Quality Management in Welding and Allied Processes.


Bob Shaw receives AISC Special Achievement Award at NASCC 2015

Bob Shaw received his second AISC Special Achievement Award during the Opening Session of the NASCC 2015 in Nashville. This award was presented in recognition of SSTC’s Structural Bolting Handbook and Structural Welding Quality Handbook, considered by the industry as comprehensive reference books that capture the common guidance engineers and constructors need for bolts and welds. Bob received his first Special Achievement Award in 2000 in recognition for creating and starting the AISC/ASCE Student Steel Bridge-Building Competition.



NASCC 2015, Engineers: Getting the Welds You Want and Need

Bob Shaw will be presenting a session at the AISC NASCC 2015 in Nashville. Look for session N44, Engineers: Getting the Welds You Want and Need, Thursday 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Most practicing structural engineers are familiar with the design provisions for welded structural connections, but may struggle with accurately conveying their design details and ensuring that mechanical properties and quality are achieved. This session will provide guidance regarding welding symbols, joint details, document submittals, welding procedure specification (WPS) review, and specifying inspection and non-destructive testing, following the requirements of AISC 360, AISC 341, AWS D1.1 and AWS D1.8.


NASCC 2015, The XTB – Extra High Strength Bolt

Bob Shaw will be presenting two exhibitor workshops “The XTB – Extra High Strength Bolt” at the AISC NACC 2015 in Nashville. The XTB high-strength structural bolt, with 200 ksi tensile strength, is now available as ASTM F3043 for twist-off type tension control bolt assemblies and as ASTM F3111 for heavy hex assemblies. Get design aids, connection design comparisons, and cost comparisons to know when the XTB is the superior choice over large diameter A325 and A490 bolts for your building projects, saving money in connection materials, hole-making and installation. For engineers, fabricators, erectors and detailers. Session EW7 is Thursday, March 26th, from 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Session EW8 is Friday, March 27th , from 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.


Structural Bolted Joints: Specifying and Achieving Performance

Bob Shaw will be presenting four one-day seminars in Australia for the Welding Technology Institute of Australia. They are scheduled for Friday April 17 in Perth, Monday April 20 in Melbourne, Tuesday April 21 in Sydney, and Wednesday April 22 in Brisbane. This is his third lecture tour in Australia. More information is available at


Engineering the Repair & Retrofitting of Steel Structures

Bob Shaw will be presenting three one-day seminars in New Zealand for the Heavy Engineering Research Association. They are scheduled for Friday April 24 in Christchurch, Tuesday April 28 in Wellington, and Wednesday April 29 in Auckland. More information is available at