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SDIBC Column – Spring 2003
In this issue...
Continuing Education
Stamp Your Drawings
Certification Necessary
Steel Fact
Golf Tournament 2003
Continuing Education by: David S. Chayko, RSD 

So, you’ve graduated from a recognized drafting program and have begun working for a structural steel detailing firm. You now can apply for certification as an Associate Steel Detailer (ASD) through the ASTTBC. Then what? Well, your Career Log has a section for ‘Courses Attended’ which looks a bit empty. How about a couple of night school courses to help fill the void and start you on your way to becoming a Certified Steel Detailer (CSD)?

To achieve this goal you will require three more years of experience and three intermediate level Steel Detailing or related courses such as:

CAD courses (if required)
Math courses in Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry
Basic Building Construction
Statics / Strength of Materials
Stress Analysis
Engineering Survey

Now, if you wish, you can take the next step and become a Registered Steel Detailer (RSD). For this you will need to add two more courses: Connection Design and Welding Fundamentals OR, Five years total experience and a minimum four advance level courses such as:

Structural Design
Technical Writing
Business Communications
Construction Documents and Contracts
Construction Contract Law

You can advance at your own pace as long as you have the minimum experience for each category.

All the courses listed above (except Connection Design and Welding Fundamentals) are available at BCIT but equivalent courses may be found at other colleges in British Columbia. The Connection Design course is available by correspondence from SDIBC and the Welding Fundamentals course is sponsored by the Canadian Welding Bureau.

Another section in your Career Log has space for listing ‘Seminars’. These seminars will be arranged by various steel or construction disciplines and will be made available to all members of the SDIBC. Attendance at these seminars will aid the Certification Board by demonstrating the continued upgrading of your career and also in evaluating your credentials when you apply for re-classification.

Well there it is, the outline of your career in steel detailing. We hope you have a long and successful career as a steel detailer.
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Stamp Your Drawings  

What purpose is there for an RSD stamp? Is it put on drawings just to impress people? There may be some who think this may be the only reason to have an RSD stamp. Actually, using the stamp will certify that a trained professional has prepared the drawing. These are men and women who have taken Detailing to the next level. They have proven to the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia that they have ‘what it takes’ to detail projects and to take responsibility for them. They are not just ‘beam bashers’, but trained technicians and technologists, who understand steel and what is required to ensure safe and economic Details. Professional Engineers will recognize the RSD stamp as that of a registered professional. We do not pretend to be engineers, but we can provide them with the assurance that we are accountable for providing proper details on their projects. This stamp provides engineers with a level of certainty that qualified people properly put to paper their design concept.
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Certification Necessary  

AISC is becoming detailer friendly. As well as having completed a new detailing manual, there is talk of AISC wanting certified fabricators to use ONLY certified detailers. This only makes sense as the detailer can make a big impact on any project. NISD is continuing its efforts working with AISC to bring this about.

NISD held its 35th Annual Conference in Tampa Bay in May and announced they have 407 company members and 452 Individual Detailer Certification members. It is interesting to note that SDIBC has 63 individual certified members in only 6 years. Alberta, BC, Ontario and Quebec were all represented at the NISD meeting. Almost all the attendees were concerned about education and training for their personnel. The Alberta chapter has a 4-year apprenticeship program underway, which they hope to make a national initiative. This involves mandatory shop and field time, as well as required courses curriculum. A government certificate will be issued upon successful completion. An increasing number of detailers are realizing the importance of certification. Certification will be necessary... sooner than you think.
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Steel Fact by: Hector Medina 

Re-using bolts in a Structural joint shall be approved first by the Engineer responsible. A490 and A325 galvanized bolts are not allowed to be reused. Touching up or retightening of adjacent bolts shall not be considered as reuse, provided the snugging up continues from the initial position and does not require greater rotation.
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Golf Tournament 2003

Thanks to Steve Carter of Phoenix Media for organizing last year’s (and the many previous) Steel Detailer’s Golf Tournament. Last year’s tournament was held at the Surrey Golf Club. The 36 player event was won by a foursome made up of Mike Mantil, Bill West, Sandy Solhiem & Marvin Dege. Congratulations to all! This winning group has fulfilled their responsibility as champions by selecting the venue for this year’s event. They have chosen Carnoustie Golf course in Port Coquitlam for the next Tournament. It will be held on Friday, September 26th, 2003.

This year SDIBC has volunteered to co-host this event along with Steve and hopes for the same or better turnout as previous years. All those detailers and their friends are welcome to challenge last year’s champs for the honour of becoming the top foursome. Those wishing to sign up for this prestigious event should contact Steve Carter 604.522.3068 or Ken Mussato 604.606.5803.
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SDIBC Tours  

Sea Tac Airport Expansion, Seattle, WABeing a recognized technical organization allows SDIBC to organize group tours of world-class operations that most people would never be able to see. We have set up tours at two local sites, which will be of interest to technical personnel. If interested in attending any of these tours please contact SDIBC. Dates and times will be established and forwarded to you, based on response.

SDIBC is planning a tour of the Burnaby Incinerator Plant. This plant currently burns about 17 per cent of the Lower Mainland’s garbage and produces steam in the amount equivalent to 20 megawatts of power. The Burnaby incinerator is one of the cleanest facilities of its kind and has been recognized as one of the best incinerator plants on the continent.

Another is to visit the state of the art, world class UBC Cyclotron (Atom Busters). The tour would be 1.5 hours long Monday to Friday. Please note that they do not allow high heels or pacemakers.
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