Advantage Steel Monthly – January 2015
Canadian Steel Industry applauds federal government Order to prevent Buy America on Canadian Soil
CISC applauds the federal government’s efforts to fight Buy America on Canadian soil, and congratulates Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, for his leadership in championing Canadian sovereignty, jobs and the Canadian steel manufacturing sector. A government order under the Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act (FEMA) was signed by Minister Fast on January 19 effectively securing Canada’s right to prevent compliance with the Buy America provisions for the Prince Rupert Ferry Terminal redevelopment project. The state of Alaska has now cancelled this project.
New Year, New Beginnings!
The New Year marks a new beginning. New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy and new memories to create. Here’s wishing you and your family a Happy New Year! This year we look forward to implementing exciting new initiatives, completing our strategic plan, and delivering even greater value for our members and associates
Steel industry calls for Canadian content and reciprocal procurement for the Champlain Bridge
Canada’s steel industry is calling for Canadian content to be mandated for the multibillion-dollar Champlain Bridge project and for all levels of government to adopt reciprocal procurement in response to protectionist legislation such as Buy America. The CISC has been actively working with the all levels of government and taking a leadership position in the media on this issue. Click on the links below to view some of the media coverage.
Another wood-framed residential complex burns down in Los Angeles
Officials say that this widespread building method is highly vulnerable to fire prior to completion, and the Los Angeles Times reported that fires in incomplete wood-framed buildings are increasingly numerous across the nation.
CISC presents a comparative case study: steel vs. concrete framing systems for commercial buildings
This independently conducted comparative case study evaluates the impacts on design, construction costs, project schedules, and sustainability of steel vs. concrete framing alternatives.
Click HERE to get a more detailed look at the case study. Make the best choice for your next project.
University of New Brunswick welcomes two new steel professors
Professor Alan Lloyd will be teaching undergraduate students in Statics, Structural Steel Design I and Structural Analysis II. He is planning on incorporating steel into his research. Professor Kaveh Arjomandi will be teaching Structural Analysis, Structural Steel Design II and Finite Element Methods. We welcome these two new professors to the steel industry, and look forward to hearing more about their research and education.
Click HERE to read more about their research areas
CISC Quebec Regional Meeting on February 27
CISC Quebec’s next regional meeting will be on February 27 at Hotel Manoir Victoria in Quebec City. CISC Quebec has invited two speakers, Claude Dauphin and Martin Lavoie. There will be a tour and cocktail at the Ice Hotel, and a special dinner by Chef Boulay. Hope to see you there!
Mark your calendar: SteelDay 2015 is on September 18!
We are excited to inform you that SteelDay is on September 18, 2015! This is a fantastic opportunity to inform, educate, network and forge lasting business relationships with key stakeholders in the construction industry. Architects, engineers, contractors, developers, students, educators and the general public are invited to see how we contribute to building Canada!
CISC congratulates Michael F. Engestrom on his retirement
We would like to congratulate Michael F. Engestrom on his recent retirement from Nucor-Yamato Steel Company. Michael served as Technical Marketing Director at Nucor-Yamato, and was closely involved with the CISC in various capacities. He was a member of the CISC Education and Research Council, as well as a member of the CISC National Bridge Committee since 2006. He will be missed and we wish him all the best during the next chapter of his life.
Canada Apprentice Loan Program accepting applications
The Canada Apprentice Loan Program is an initiative of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade. You can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training for a maximum of six years. The money will be available to help pay for tuition, tools, equipment and living expenses, to cover forgone wages or to help support your family.
Inspection of Steel Building Structures ** Accreditation **
This 4-day course and optional 3-hour exam provides requirements, recommendations and resources for the inspection of steel-framed buildings. An examinee who achieves an 80% grade will be designated as a CISC Accredited Steel Inspector – Buildings
Low Storey Height Steel Framing Solutions **New Webinar **
Inspection of Steel Building Structures **Accreditation **
Single Storey Building Design **Online **
Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel 3 – Innovation ** Webinar **
Steel Erection Estimating ** New Webinar **
Fire Protection of Structural Steel ** Self-Paced Learning **
Connections II ** Self-Paced Learning – Accreditation **
Offshore steel procurement leads to further delays for the Walterdale Bridge
After months of waiting, and deadlines missed, the contractor on an Edmonton bridge project is still waiting for Korean steel for the arches for a new structure.
PICCA (Partners of CISC Quebec) hold press conference to call for reciprocity and Canadian content
On January 20th, leaders from some of the largest steel companies in Quebec held a press conference to showcase their strength and capabilities and to urge all levels of government to take action to support the local industry. Issues that were highlighted include requiring Canadian content for the Champlain Bridge and reciprocal procurement to deal with protectionist legislation such as Buy America.
CISC to have prominent profile at Buildex Vancouver, February 25 & 26
BUILDEX Vancouver is Western Canada’s biggest trade show and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries. There will be over 600 exhibits, and 50 plus educational seminars. CISC will be at booth 421, so come by and say Hi! We will also be presenting a technical seminar entitled “STEEL VS. CONCRETE: Which is the better, greener and more cost efficient choice for commercial building construction?”
CISC at the NASCC in Nashville from March 25-27
This year’s NASCC will be held in Nashville, Tennessee from March 25-27. More than 3,500 structural engineers, steel fabricators, erectors, detailers and others attend this massive conference. There will also be seminars, and as attendees, you will have many networking opportunities, as well as roundtable discussions in this big event of the year! Come find us at booth 1255!
Mark your calendar for the Alberta Steel Design Awards of Excellence
The gala event marking the 10th anniversary of the CISC Alberta Steel Design Awards will be held in Edmonton on April 16, 2015. The awards gala will feature the best in steel design in Alberta.