Phoenix to Host AISC’s 2009 North American Steel Construction Conference


Phoenix, Arizona, will play host to more than 3000 steel construction professionals during the 2009 North American Steel Construction Conference, presented by the American, Canadian, and Mexican Institutes of Steel Construction. NASCC: The Steel Conference will be held April 1 - 4, 2009 and feature presentations from top industry leaders, more than 80 technical sessions, short course educational programming, and extensive trade show exhibits featuring products and services ranging from engineering software to the latest fabrication equipment.

The conference is the premier educational event aimed at providing designers, steel fabricators, erectors, and detailers with practical information and the latest design and construction techniques. It is a once-a-year opportunity to learn the latest in design methodology, see the most innovative products, and meet industry leaders. The conference continues to grow each year; last year's attendance exceeded 3700.

This year's Steel Conference kicks off with a potentially controversial session provocatively titled "Connection Design Responsibility: Is the Debate Over?" In the hour-long program, Charlie Carter, AISC's vice president of engineering and research, presents the findings of a joint task group formed by the Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE) and AISC. Kirk Harman from The Harman Group in Philadelphia and Glenn Bishop from LBYD in Birmingham join the debate on the merits of delegating or not delegating the work of connection design.

For a complete list of the more than 80 sessions, please visit

The conference also offers attendees with the opportunity to tour Schuff International's fabrication shop. Schuff has one of the largest and most advanced facilities in the country and will give designers a good look at the technology being used to fabricate their projects today.

Source: American Institute of Steel Construction

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