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ASCE Structural Engineering Conference
November 12, 2012 ~ Scheman Building, Ames
The ASCE Structural Conference will take place on Monday, November 12, 2012, at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University Campus.
If you are involved in the planning, design, or construction of buildings, bridges, or other transportation structures, you should plan to attend this conference. The conference is designed to be of interest to engineers and technicians, public and private, who work in the structural engineering design and construction area.
The conference provides a variety of topics related to advances in structural materials, case studies of structural design projects, design guidelines and codes for building and transportation structures, sustainable design protocols, legal implications in design and construction contract documents, and managing and leading design teams.
The planning committee strives to present a program that will be of interest to you directly, in your work, or in your community development projects. Learn from the experiences of other engineers in the structural engineering field by attending. To learn more about the conference, please see our brochure.

2012 Conference Objectives:
  • Forensic case studies on buildings illustrating problems with design, detailing, contract document production, construction, contractual issues, client management, and contractor management. How to recognize them, how to avoid them and how to fix them when you have them.
  • A full-day workshop on design protocols and current code for lateral loads on structures will be held after the conference on Tuesday, November 13th. The workshop will meet the needs of those engineers wanting a thorough coverage of lateral load design IAW current ASCE/SEI 7-10 and IBC code.
  • Specifications for Structural Steel Buildings, Code of Standard Practice and Specification for Structural Steel Joints - Coverage includes overview of changes and clarifications that have been made to three AISC standards. Changes to be highlighted appear in the scope, composite design, bolted connection design, and the new Chapter N.
  • Repair projects for several major interstate highway bridges:
    • Design of repairs to the structural steel beams supporting the bridge deck pavement on the I-80 Bridge on the Mississippi River at LeClaire, IA.
    • I-64 Sherman-Minton Bridge on the Ohio River connecting Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN. New steel plating, installed along both sides of the bridge tie that runs horizontally along the entire 1,600-foot structure, will increase the bridge's safety and reliability, and provide at least 20 more years of useful life.
  • Design and construction of the new US Hwy 61 Mississippi River bridge at Hastings, MN; the 545-foot long, free-standing tied arches of the main span were floated into place.
  • The new Center Street Bridge in Des Moines will be the signature bridge of the Principal Riverwalk, connecting the east and west sides of the city at the northern end of the riverwalk loop. The design and construction of the bridge will be presented.
  • The renovation of Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines includes approximately 32,875 square feet of meeting room space, 1,210 square feet of board room space and 28,739 square feet of multipurpose ballroom space. The renovation is intended to replace the aging Polk County Convention Complex.
  • The new home of the College World Series was recently completed in Omaha, NE. The design and construction for the TD/Ameritrade Ballpark will be presented.
  • Standard of care and code issues must always be considered in the design of projects, whether buildings or bridges. Update your understanding of the legal principles related to structural design, including recent rulings on statute of repose as well as limitation of liability in service contracts.
  • The Golden Gate Bridge was opened in May 1937. Hear an enlightening and thought provoking presentation by Paul Giroux on the history of the design and construction of this iconic American bridge on its 75th Anniversary.
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