September 2013

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Mark Your Calendar—SEAA Convention & Trade Show in Dallas, TX - back to top

42nd annual SEAA Convention & Trade Show

March 12-14, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

Be the first to sign on as a sponsor or exhibitor by calling the SEAA office at 336.294.8880.


George Hedley Will Be Convention Keynote Speaker

As a general contractor and business owner for over 30 years, George Hedley, CSP, is one of the top construction business speakers and industry experts. He is often called “The Construction Business Builder” and specializes in presentations to help construction company business owners, managers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers build organized and systemized companies that make a profit.

As a construction business speaker, Hedley helps construction business owners and entrepreneurs get their business to work for them without their constant supervision. He also specializes in business building programs for businesses who sell to contractors such as wholesale distributors, banks, insurance and financial service companies.

George Hedley's experience starting, growing & building his $50 million construction business into an organized management-run company enables him to show you what works today. His hands-on experience running his profitable construction company will help your organization build people and leaders, create long-time repeat loyal customers, focus on priorities that really count, install systems to always make a profit and continuously improve.

Hedley, one of the top motivational business speakers in the USA, is the author of "Get Your Business To Work!" "On-Purpose…On-Target!" and "The Business Success Blueprint" series.

Today, along with managing his development and construction company, he owns HARDHAT Presentations and speaks to national organizations, associations, conventions, company meetings, leadership conferences and customer retreats.

He provides inspiring motivational keynote speeches, offers 'nuts and bolts' business seminars and 'how-to' management and leadership workshops for business owners, executives, decision makers and managers. He is a regular columnist in Construction Business Owner magazine and has authored Everything Contractors Know About Making A Profit!

Make plans today to attend the convention so you don’t miss this informative talk!

SEAA Training Committee Meeting on September 25th - back to top

SEAA Executive Director Tom Underhill (left) chats with Steve Greene of NCCER at a recent NASCAR event in Bristol.

SEAA’s Training Committee will meet with NCCER staff on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the NCCER offices in Florida. SEAA members who are interested may attend the meeting but should call the SEAA office to reserve a spot: 336.294.8880 or

Check Out SEAA on Social Media - back to top

You might just be one of the participants featured in the SEAA photo slide show on Flickr, so take a look HERE.

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September Golf Tournament - back to top

Left: Dean McKenzie, Office Director of Construction Services – OSHA;
Right: Marilyn Pocock-Embrey, Chip Pocock, Stephanie Trainor and Gene Stewart

By Carrie Sopuch-Gulajan, SEAA Board Member

The 2nd Annual George R. Pocock Memorial Golf Tournament hosted by SEAA-MAC (see photos HERE) was a huge success. Prior to the tournament, the day started with an OSHA Roundtable discussion. Dean McKenzie, Office Director of Construction Services with OSHA, discussed multiple topics including fatality rates, frequently cited standards, an update on the Directorate of Construction Standards, and an in-depth discussion on crane standards. We are looking forward to working with Dean and furthering SEAA’s relationship with OSHA.

After lunch was served, more than 70 golfers teed off on a bright and sunny afternoon. It was the perfect golf weather. Although no one won the “hole-in-one” prize, a TRUCK, we did have one golfer get within 8 feet of the hole. Others only dreamed of owning a new truck and that was short lived. After a fun-filled afternoon we all shared great stories about George over a few more cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

I want to extend a special thank you to Pete Walker, Paul Kollman and Terri Gaither of Phoenix Steel Erectors for handling the brunt of the work preparing for this SEAA-MAC event. None of this would be possible without all of our friends and sponsors who continue to support this event every year. It would have pleased George to know how much he’s missed and that SEAA continues to strive for even a bigger and brighter future.

For those of you who missed this event, there is still another opportunity to golf in 2013. SEAA will be hosting the 14th Annual Educational Fund Raiser Golf Tournament on October 18th in Raleigh, NC. I hope to see you there.

Get Ready to Submit Your Work for SEAA Project of the Year - back to top

For more than 10 years, SEAA has recognized complex and unique steel erection projects throughout the world. Past winning projects demonstrated successful completion while overcoming unusual conditions, tight time constraints, or other challenges. Many of the jobs that have been recognized are public works projects, including bridges, highways, and overpasses. Others are new construction of museums, hospitals, sports arenas, airports, and more. One of your current projects could be a winner!

Projects are recognized in three categories: Over $1 million, $500,000 to $1 million; and up to $500,000. So check out the nomination form, get your photos ready, and plan to nominate your project. Project winners are announced at the SEAA Convention & Trade Show, March 12-14, 2014 in Dallas, TX.

Check out previous winners on our website.

For information on entering a project:

Schulz Iron Works Once Again in the Media - back to top

Jason Corey of Schulz Iron Works "bolting up" at one of the company's current project sites, Halifax Park and
Community Center in Raleigh on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Photo courtesy of Raleigh News & Observer.

SEAA member, Schulz Iron Works, was once again quoted in the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer on the topic of how small businesses make sure their invoices get paid. You can read the full article HERE.


Focus on Safety and Efficiency at World Crane and Transport Summit - back to top

The 2013 World Crane and Transport Summit will focus on high quality information and other tools to help you run your lifting and specialized transport business more safely and efficiently.

Besides an economic forecast and outline of the current economic picture for the construction industry worldwide, the conference will focus on key issues facing the world’s crane and heavy transport industry from the perspectives of regional end users and manufacturers.

Speakers include Ron Montgomery, SC&RA president and president at International Rigging & Heavy Haul, and Tim Ford, Terex Cranes president. Leon Schopping, senior construction engineer and PTE lifting & hoisting at Shell International Exploration & Production in the Netherlands, will present a client’s view on driving safety to new levels. Søren Jansen, ESTA director, will discuss the root causes of mobile crane accidents and how to reduce them.

The conference will also highlight some spectacular lifting and transport equipment operation around the world, such as Burkhalter’s award-winning work on the Galveston Causeway Railroad Bridge, Texas, USA.

The World Crane and Transport Summit is a business information and networking event for leaders in the world crane and specialized transport industries, their suppliers and manufacturers. Following the success of the 2011 WCTS in Amsterdam, Netherlands, this year’s event will take place in the same location on October 29 and 30. The last summit attracted more than 275 crane and transport professionals from around the world and included participation from top crane and transport associations SC&RA, ESTA and CICA, together with many of their members.

Once again the WCTS is supported and sponsored by leading crane and specialized transport equipment manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and services. For more information see

Steel Joist Institute Offers A Variety of Publications - back to top

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First Edition Composite Steel Joist Catalog (2007)

Price: $25.00

43rd Edition Standard Specifications and Load and Weight Tables for Steel Joists and Joist Girders

Price: $25.00

COMPLETE SET OF TECHNICAL DIGESTS 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Price: $160.00


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Structural Steel Industry Celebrates Fifth Annual SteelDay with Nationwide Events October 4 - back to top

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) asks: Where will you be on SteelDay this year? Whether you visit a structural steel facility, tour a job site or attend a seminar, join the structural steel industry’s largest educational and networking event as it returns for a fifth successive year on October 4, 2013. Hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), its members and partners, SteelDay is your opportunity to see first-hand how the structural steel industry contributes to building America. To learn more and sign up for this year’s events, visit

SteelDay is a great opportunity for architects, engineers, contractors, owners, university faculty and students, government officials and others to see the structural steel industry’s latest technologies and construction processes in action, learn directly from the industry experts and build new relationships.

“There is no other single day in the nation where so much valuable information is exchanged across all disciplines of the structural steel industry,” said Ross Allbritton, AISC industry mobilization manager.

New to SteelDay this year is a free “Innovations in Steel” webinar that will be shown at select SteelDay events. The presentation will demonstrate how recent steel industry innovations allow engineers and architects to easily express their design concepts and overcome client serviceability concerns. Attendees will gain knowledge on how steel can provide cost-effective and time-saving project solutions and can also receive continuing education credit (1.0 Contact Hour/1.0 PDH/0.1 CEU/1.0 AIA CES LU) for viewing the presentation and taking a quiz. The presentation will be delivered by Tabitha Stine, S.E., P.E., LEED AP, AISC’s director of technical marketing, who will be available to answer your questions on SteelDay via Twitter (@TabySu1). Those who join the conversation by using hash tag #Steelovation or “tweet” AISC (@AISC) using hash tag #SteelDay will be entered into a drawing to win a Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Year after year, SteelDay proves to be an invaluable experience for AEC professionals as well as students who are considering careers in the industry, including Rose Milavitz, a civil engineering student at Northwestern University. Last year on SteelDay, she toured Chicago’s first Girder-Slab project, an eight-story apartment building in Evanston, Ill., and said, “I’ve never been in a building that was in the process of being built, so that was really cool to see. I think opportunities like SteelDay are important for students so that we’re able to see things that we learn about in the classroom. We don’t get a lot of chances to see things for real.”

Even if you’ve attended a SteelDay event in the past, you haven’t seen it all. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect to see at some of this year’s events:

  • Structural steel fabricators : Learn how structural steel is prepared for a building or bridge using off-site, controlled conditions, which ensure a consistently high-quality product while reducing errors and costly fixes at the job site. Also learn why most steel fabricators use 3D models/BIM to streamline production and increase efficiency.
  • Steel mills/producers : Steel is the most recycled material on earth, and today’s modern mills produce steel containing an average of 90% recycled material. Witness steel recycling capabilities and procedures at scrap metal recycling and steel production facilities, and develop an understanding of rolling schedules and steel availability.
  • Steel service centers : See what thousands of tons of steel looks like! And learn about the crucial role these facilities play in the industry.
  • HSS producers : Watch the fascinating process of manufacturing top-quality hollow structural sections (HSS) and learn about shape availability.
  • Bender-rollers : Curved steel doesn’t just happen; precision instruments and experts are responsible for these increasingly popular architectural and structural elements. Observe the very specialized and skilled process of bending and rolling steel shapes.
  • Galvanizers : See the Hot-Dip Galvanizing (HDG) process, from staging the material through to its receiving a full protective coating against corrosion.

In addition to connecting with local structural steel representatives at various facilities across the U.S., this year’s SteelDay will feature live webinars and special events in major metropolitan areas including New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and others.

In NYC, celebrate SteelDay in conjunction with the Architectural Record Innovation Conference on SteelDay Eve, October 3. The Innovation Conference explores new trends in design, fabrication and construction for the architectural community, and AISC invites you to be the guest of the structural steel industry at this conference. The first 10 registrations for this event on the SteelDay website at will receive a complimentary registration for the conference. Subsequent registrants will receive a $200 discount off of the $545 conference fee.

In Chicago, AISC invites you to a full day of free events on SteelDay which includes breakfast and a morning shop drawing seminar (from 7:30 a.m. to noon) titled “Shop Model Review and Approval,” as well as an afternoon tour (from noon to 3 p.m.) of the city’s new Northwestern Outpatient Care Pavilion project. You’ll learn how BIM was used for clash detection and explore other unique aspects of the project including the 90-ft span steel pedestrian bridge currently under construction and the challenging canopy which uses AESS. You’ll also receive a free lunch and a brief presentation by members of the project team. You can choose to attend either event or both, however, space is limited. For details on each session and to register, go to

To find and register for SteelDay events by state and event type, visit (updates will continuously be posted to the map as new events and details are added). You can also keep up with SteelDay updates and discussions via AISC’s social media channels at , , and .

For questions about attending or hosting SteelDay events, please contact AISC’s Jenny McDonald at 312.670.5433, or

Note to SEAA Members

If your business or organization is hosting a SteelDay event this year, please send SEAA a description of your event and photos (with captions) so we can include them in SEAA Enews. Send your information and photos to

Buckner Companies Adds Two Crawler Cranes to Heavylift Fleet - back to top

Buckner Companies has expanded their Heavylift crane division with the addition of two of Liebherr’s newest crawler cranes, the LR 11000. The LR 11000 has been designed from the ground up to provide a small footprint for work in constricted areas such as refineries, as well as keeping component weights and dimensions small enough to allow for easy and rapid transport. When recently shown at Bauma 2013, the assembly crew proclaimed the LR 11000 went together as easily as a 600-ton class machine, despite its massive rating of 1102 US tons.

In addition to impressive lifting capacities, the LR 11000 comes with a wide array of boom configurations, including the innovative new PowerBoom, or “P-boom” as it is known. The P-boom allows for a drastic increase in lifting capacity up to 1432 US tons, nearly matching that of the LR 11350. When combined with a derrick and tray or wagon, the LR 11000 / P1300 puts Buckner Heavylift Cranes in an entirely new class of lifting capacity.


OSHA and SAIA Produce Mobile Scaffold Tip Sheet - back to top

A new “Rolling Towers/Mobile Scaffold: Inspection, Maintenance, and Use Tip Sheet” is now available through the collaborative effort of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) Alliance. This tip sheet can assist workers in the proper inspection and maintenance of rolling tower/mobile scaffold.

"The publication of the rolling tower/mobile scaffold tip sheet is a significant step forward in the industry's goal of getting crucial safety information into the hands of the person who requires it most, the worker," said Marty Coughlin, SAIA president. "The OSHA Alliance process is an essential component of industry outreach, and the SAIA's Alliance program has produced a substantial amount of quality safety information. The scaffold and access industry can only benefit from this process, there is no down side to prevention of accidents, and credit must go to both the OSHA and SAIA's Alliance team, who have combined to produce a concise and productive process."

This tip sheet adds to the collection of complimentary OSHA and SAIA tools for scaffold and access workers. The documents are available for download on the SAIA's website:


Holding the Bag--Chip Pocock Discusses the Crane Operator Certification Controversy - back to top

This article is reprinted with permission from the July, 2013 issue of American Cranes and Transport.

A crane operator shows up looking for a job or is sent to you from a local union hall. Your company needs an operator for a large crane. The operator carries a valid operator certification card, he or she has a current DOT medical card, and a resume that boasts experience on several types of large cranes of similar type and capacity as the crane you need to be run.

Oh, and by the way, you paid roughly $4.5 million for the crane.

The crane will be operated in a variety of locations, inside of refineries and chemical plants, setting wind turbines hundreds of feet in the air and erecting steel or precast concrete in downtown urban areas. The question is, do you hire this person and put him or her in the seat of that crane based solely on the fact that he or she has a valid operator certification?

Does certification equal qualification? Or, would you use some type of method to ensure the stated experience operating cranes of similar types and capacities was accurate? If for no other reason, than to provide peace of mind, I hope most would agree that the latter is our duty and obligation as employers.

This same question is faced by hundreds of crane owners across the U.S. every day, companies like ours, that have a large fleets of cranes. Apparently OSHA is not sure either. Despite not implementing a safety standard that was originally negotiated by industry experts (C-DAC) in 2004 until 2010, OSHA now seems willing to once again postpone a much needed and long overdue portion of Subpart CC, the Crane and Derrick Standard, that governs safety for cranes used in the construction industry requiring crane operators to be certified.

OSHA staffers quietly point the finger at the C-DAC panel but they seem to forget that 17 significant changes to the rule were made by OSHA between 2004 and August 2010 prior to the crane standard going into effect. Ten of those changes affected the crane operator certification portion of the standard. None of those changes corrected the two areas of the standard where the language, admittedly, leaves room for interpretation.

The Two Issues

The two issues are simply whether or not operator certification is equal to qualification. Or, is an employer’s only obligation to certify its crane operators as required by the standard? I will paraphrase here a much used analogy comparing a teen driver who has a valid state issued driver’s license but who has only driven a small vehicle with an automatic transmission. Suddenly that young driver is thrust into a situation where he or she needs to be or desires to drive something much larger or more complex, such as a vehicle with a clutch and manual transmission. As a parent, do you say, “Is my child qualified and able to drive this larger or more complex vehicle” solely because he or she has a license? Or, do I say no, because the child is not qualified.

The second debated issue is language in the crane standard as written that requires operators to be tested by both type and capacity. There is no doubt that the CDAC industry members that originally promulgated Subpart CC understood two things. First, that if operator certification became law, multiple new certification bodies would emerge. Competition is good and this has proven to be the case, and new entities have emerged with different thoughts on methods of certification.

But the one thing that the CDAC committee members understood was that a certification requirement becoming law would drive is good effective training. Certification would then simply be a means to ensure the training was effective through independent testing of both written and practical skills exams. I believe most, if not all, of the CDAC committee members understood that simple but broad practical testing was effective from both a testing and cost standpoint.

The testing methods used by NCCCO have a proven track record. Testing of crane operators using the same methods employed by NCCCO proved to dramatically reduce accidents according to studies done in Ontario, Canada and the state of California. In my opinion, and countless others, practical testing by boom length or capacity has no proven benefit or track record and will cost employers millions of dollars over current methods in assembly/disassembly and freight cost of a much larger variety of cranes.

Unfortunately, because of these issues and despite broad industry opposition, the effective date of implementation of Operator Certification may be rolled back once again by OSHA until November of 2017. No matter which side of the issue you’re on, no one wins absent an operator certification law.

The U.S. crane industry is less safe and left “holding the bag” wondering what will become of the nearly 100,000 certified crane operators already accredited by the largest and most respected crane operator certification body, NCCCO, and to crane operator certification as a whole.

Chip Pocock is safety/risk manager of Buckner Companies, a NCCCO certified crane operator and practical examiner, and was a member of the OSHA Crane and Derrick Advisory Committee. He is a former president of SEAA.

AISC Response to Question about OSHA Position on “Pour Stop Angles” - back to top

Roger E. Ferch, president of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), was asked to respond to the OSHA position of “pour stop angles” by Steven Rank, executive director of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers. Ferch gave SEAA permission to reprint his response letter with this introduction: “From time to time I get requests from the Ironworkers to support a position with OSHA. First, I try to ascertain if it is an industry issue (on which I will take a position) or a union/non-union issue (on which I remain silent).”

Ferch’s letter emphasizes that “pour stop angles” are not a tripping hazard as OSHA had maintained and “they provide a barrier similar to a toe plate installed on a perimeter safety railing to help prevent objects from falling from the working floor….” Ferch further states that “not allowing the shop installation of these devices significantly increases the exposure to injury on the jobsite.”

SEAA President Steve Burkholder affirms Ferch’s approach, stating, “SEAA is glad to support AISC on this point with OSHA.” Ed Valencia, SEAA Board Member, agrees and says, “’Pour stop angles’ are not tripping hazards and should be allowed.”

Ferch spoke at a recent SEAA Board of Directors’ meeting in Chicago, a demonstration of the good working relationship between the two organizations, reported Board member, Jim Larson. Larson also commented on Ferch’s letter: “This is indeed good news for the positions long stated by SEAA.”

Read the full text of Ferch’s response HERE.


Training Requirements for OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard - back to top

To help members comply with these new requirements, SEAA member LPR Construction has graciously agreed to share its GHS (Globally Harmonized System) video, which is available in the Members section of the SEAA website HERE (login required). You can meet the OSHA requirements by showing your employees this video, then documenting the training with a signed attendance form or a company certification card. The video is also available to non-members for a fee. Call the SEAA office at 336.294.8880 for information and cost.

To better protect workers from hazardous chemicals, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Hazard Communication Standard, aligning it with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system. The new standard, once implemented, will prevent an estimated 43 deaths and result in an estimated $475.2 million in enhanced productivity for U.S. businesses each year.

"Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious dangers facing American workers today," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Revising OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard will improve the quality, consistency and clarity of hazard information that workers receive, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive in the global marketplace."

The revised Hazard Communication Standard is being phased in and will be fully implemented in 2016. Following are specific requirements and phase-in dates to help employers comply:

December 1, 2013 —Train employees on new label elements and SDS format.

June 1, 2015 —Comply with all modified provisions of this final rule.

December 1, 2015 —Final deadline for distributors to ship products labeled under the old system.

June 1, 2015 —Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program, as necessary, and provide additional training for employees on newly identified physical or health hazards.

During the transition period to the effective completion dates noted in the standard, chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers may comply with either 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1200 (the final standard), the current standard or both.

This revised rule will benefit workers by reducing confusion about chemical hazards in the workplace, facilitating safety training and improving understanding of hazards, especially for low literacy workers. OSHA's standard will classify chemicals according to their health and physical hazards, and establish consistent labels and safety data sheets for all chemicals made in the United States and imported from abroad.

The revised standard also is expected to prevent an estimated 585 injuries and illnesses annually. It will reduce trade barriers and result in estimated annualized benefits in productivity improvements for American businesses that regularly handle, store and use hazardous chemicals, as well as cost savings of $32.2 million for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the standard.

"OSHA's 1983 Hazard Communication Standard gave workers the right to know. As one participant expressed during our rulemaking process, this update will give them the right to understand, as well," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.
The final rule revising the standard is available at *.

Further information for workers, employers and downstream users of hazardous chemicals can be reviewed at OSHA's Hazard Communication Safety and Health topics at, which includes links to OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Standard, Questions and Answers, OSHA fact sheet and Quick Cards. Pictograms of the various hazards are also available for download to use in training.

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has downloadable training materials on their website.

Short Course on Cold-Formed Steel Design - back to top

Click here for a pdf copy of the short course flyer and registration form.

About the Course

This short course will discuss the behavior of cold-formed steel members and connections. The short course is structured to provide an introduction to behavior and design for the engineer unfamiliar with cold-formed steel. For engineers experienced with cold-formed steel design, the short course will strengthen their understanding of the fundamental behavior of both members and connections, as well as provide a better understanding of the AISI design specification and the AISI framing standards. A preview of future specification changes will also be provided. Both commercial and residential applications of cold-formed steel will be discussed.

Texts & References

Lectures will be based on information contained in the AISI North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members and Commentary, 2012 edition. The text Cold-Formed Steel Design, 4th edition, by Wei-Wen Yu and Roger A. LaBoube, will also serve as a course reference.

Topics Covered in the Training

Tuesday, October 15
Mechanical Properties of Steel and Effect of Cold-Work of Forming
Local Buckling and Postbuckling Strength of Thin Flat Elements
Tension Members
Flexural Members - Bending Strength and Deflection     
Flexural Members - Distortional Buckling

Wednesday, October 16
Flexural Members - Web Design
Flexural Members - Lateral  Buckling
Compression Members - Flexural, Torsional and Torsional-Flexural Buckling
Bracing Requirements
Compression Members - Distortional Buckling
Q and A and General Discussion

Thursday, October 17
Direct Strength Method
Cold-Formed Steel Framing Standards
Cold-Formed Steel Framing Applications - Example Problems

Continuing Education Credits: 2.4 CEUs


Roger LaBoube, PhD, PE ; Curators' Teaching Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology and Director of Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Sutton Stephens, PhD, PE, SE; Chief Structural Engineer at Pacific Northwest Engineering, Inc.

Registration & Fee

The registration fee of $1095.00 per person includes textbooks, course notes and three lunches (exclusive of room and board). Check purchase/money order or credit card information for the fee should accompany each application. Advance registration is requested and should be completed prior to October 1, 2013.

Location and Accommodations

This short course will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch 2 South 4th Street in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.

This historic property is an elegantly renovated former hat factory which is located just around the corner from the St. Louis Gateway Arch and just a few blocks from many other downtown and riverfront attractions. Amenities include a free hot breakfast and free wireless Internet. Click here to see a full list of the hotel services and extras.

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Click here to register online

If you have any questions please contact us at Tel: (573) 341-4471, Fax: (573) 341-4476, e-mail

The Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures (CCFSS) was established at the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology) in May 1990 under an initial grant received from the American Iron and Steel Institute. The Center's sponsors now also include Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute, Metal Building Manufacturers Association, Metal Construction Association, Rack Manufacturers Institute, Simpson Strong-Tie, Steel Deck Institute, Steel Framing Industry Association and Steel Stud Manufacturers Association.

The Center, renamed for its Founding Director Dr. Wei-Wen Yu in 2000, provides an integrated approach for handling research, teaching, engineering education, technical services, and professional activity. The Center brings together the technical resources of interested parties such as university researchers, steel producers, product manufacturers, consultants, building officials, government agencies, and others with a common goal of continued improvement of cold-formed steel design and construction.

Power Generation Lifting Workshop to Be Held November 6-8 in New York City - back to top

Industrial Training International is presenting the Power Generation Lifting Workshop in New York City, November 6 - 8, 2013. The curriculum will tightly focus on construction and maintenance lifting activities conducted in power generation environments including nuclear, oil, gas, hydro power stations, and wind energy.

Here are 8 reasons to attend:

  1. Mike Parnell, ITI President & CEO
    Vice Chair, ASME B30 (Cranes & Rigging)
    Chair ASME P30 (Lift Planning)
  2. John Groce, P.E., WireCo World Group Senior Technical Service Engineer
    Committee Member, ASME B30.30 Ropes
    B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri
  3. Geoff Holden, LEEA Chief Executive
    Director, Institute of Association Management
    Former Manager, Bridon International
  4. John Newby, The Crosby Group Senior Instructor
    B.S. Engineering Physics, University of Michigan
    M.S. Astro Physics, University of Toledo
  5. Jeff Roach, American Electric Power Learning Coordinator
  6. Don Strong, P.E., Vestas American Wind Technology Senior Mechanical Engineer of Transportation, Execution & Field Support
    M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maine
  7. Julian Thompson, General Supervisor Mechanical Maintenance at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, Constellation Energy, an Exelon Company
  8. Jim Yates, P.E., Barnhart Crane & Rigging Senior Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services
    Committee Member,ASMEB30.1 (Jacks, Rollers, Casters)
    Committee Member, ASME P30 (Lift Planning)

For more information visit or call 1-800-727-6355 to speak with a workshop representative today.

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Convention to Include Erection & Rigging Training - back to top

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) Annual Convention, scheduled for September 30 - October 2, 2013 in Houston, TX, will include erection rigging and training that can benefit SEAA members. This training will take place Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 10:30 - 11:30 am. Presenters will be Barclay Gebel of Concrete Strategies and Gary Fischer of Woodland Construction.

Description of the Training

The new TCA safety guideline provides the basis for the TCA’s Erection and Rigging Training Program, produced by the TCA Safety Committee. The program, which will be offered for the first time at the TCA Annual Convention in Houston, Texas, presents issues specific to the rigging and lifting of tilt-up panels.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires crane operations to involve qualified persons for rigging and signaling the certified crane operator. To further industry preparedness and assuredness of this requirement, the TCA Safety Committee established itself as a third-party Qualified Evaluator for participants in the program.

During the program delivery, demonstrations of the most common rigging equipment and connections are made. Safe and unsafe conditions are addressed as well as inspection points for the required equipment. Additionally, attendees to the program are given the signals essential to the lift operation and unified to the responsibility for hand signal communication as well as the proper positions for maintaining line of site. Attendees will also learn the essential activities and restrictions for all persons on the site during a lift, ensuring that no worker is out of position or located in an unsafe or unprotected situation.

“The TCA safety guideline provides the background and documented support for continued commitment to safety on tilt-up sites,” states James Baty, Technical Director for the TCA. “However, in order to more fully prepare industry participants to meet OSHA’s regulations and more importantly, protect their workforce, it was essential for this committee to set in motion this training program and be able to communicate the necessity of a plan to both our members and the industry at large.”

During the program, attendees will also be equipped to develop a quality tilt-up safety plan:

  • Assessment of site conditions and planning
  • Review of panel and building design against existing preparation
  • Description of the special procedures required for hazardous non-routine tasks
  • Bracing manual should be obtained
  • Description of panel casting and erection activities and procedures
  • Direction to obtain the erection subcontractor and crew experience
  • Direct training essential for all members of the crew
  • Review of crane capacity and mobility
  • Agenda and schedule for safety meetings
  • Schedule for inspections of rigging equipment and crane
  • Review of fall protection and hazard training
  • Plan for lifting and maneuvering panels and crane positioning
  • Schedule for inspections of bracing equipment and removal timing

To learn more, download the complete 2013 Convention Brochure.