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SDIBC Column – Spring 2006
In this issue...
President’s Comments
Steel Fact
Annual General Meeting
New AISC Manual
Seminar at Hilti Canada Corporation
Seminars at Advance Bending Technologies Inc.
Golf News
President’s Comments

As most of you know, we sent out a mini plebiscite in November of 2005. I will attempt to explain why we took that unusual step and what the findings were.

Over the past year, I have been approached by several members and potential members with a common question. You have probably asked the same question yourself when you sent in your yearly fee. What's in it for me? Where does my money go? Am I getting a fair return for my money? Does that sound familiar? It should be. I found that I couldn't answer any of these questions with any confidence, which I must confess, is not good for the president of an organization. To clarify matters, the board asked for, and received, financial records from ASTTBC. These records indicate that 80% of our money goes into the administration of ASTTBC. Admittedly, some of that is required for the administration of SDIBC within ASTTBC, but not all of the 80%. We have since been unsuccessful in all our attempts to have our fees distributed a little more in SDIBC's favor.

What benefits are we receiving from ASTTBC for the money we pay each year? We do gain a bit of professional recognition being associated with ASTTBC, but with whom? Are the professionals and companies with whom we do business aware of SDIBC? Do they know that we are registered detailers? Does it matter to them that we are? I haven't heard of one job being awarded because the detailers were certified as registered detailers through ASTTBC. Maybe they should have used their influence as a major technologist society to bring the news of our existence to the local steel industry. How can the industry ask for registered detailers if they don't know they exist?

Several years ago ASTTBC formalized plans to merge with APEGBC. This merger would have been a step towards recognition by the engineering community in BC and given us more credibility nationally, something we have all been striving for. Unfortunately, this merger has fallen through and there is little chance of it coming about in the near future. This would have provided something in common between engineers and detailers. It would have no doubt provided more feasible means of communication between both groups – perhaps better professional recognition.

Since ASTTBC does not have any association with CISC, AISC or any other organization that is even closely involved with the steel detailing industry, how can they provide SDIBC exposure to any professional association? With such exposure would come the recognition we have been paying for.

I have come to the realization that even with the small recognition offered by ASTTBC, there is little else left to benefit detailers. In this issue, there is a list of seminars, workshops and tours we are planning for upcoming years. These would all be put on by detailers donating their time to SDIBC. If we do all this work, why would we be giving our money to an organization that provides only minimal benefit for its members?

ASTTBC is a fine organization and has benefited numerous technicians and trades throughout the province. We have been associated with it since 1995. Our membership has gone up and down but never reached the numbers that it should be. There are other options available and undoubtedly, they will all involve a lot of work. It would be easier to keep paying our fees to ASTTBC but is it what we want or what we need? We have several goals to think about – professional recognition, nationally, and career development and training. If we are not receiving that from our association with ASTTBC, then why belong? That's something we should all be thinking of.

The result of our mini plebiscite is noted below. You will find that most members disagree with the current division of fees, and only 30% wish to remain with ASTTBC. The most interesting result shows that a clear majority would prefer a national Canadian detailers association. These are issues that will be discussed further at our Annual General Meeting March 9th. I have already spent a lifetime detailing… from the days of rivets. It's you younger members who have that lifetime left who should decide where, what and how you want to plot your careers. Think about it and bring your comments to the AGM.

Question Yes No Undecided
1. Are you willing to spend 80% of your fees in administration costs to ASTTBC? 6 37 2
2. Do you agree that the “Professional Recognition” from being associated with ASTTBC is worthwhile? 19 18 8
3. If one were available, would you prefer to be a member of a national Canadian detailer's association? 40 0 5
4. Should SDIBC continue being associated with ASTTBC? 16 16 13
5. Should SDIBC break away from ASTTBC to form and handle their own association? 21 8 16
6. Would you be willing to volunteer and participate as a board member of SDIBC? 14 15 16
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Steel Fact by: Hector Medina 
taken from part 3-89 of CISC “Detailing Tables for Structural Steel” 4th edition. 

Basic considerations for welded HSS connections (part 1)

A prime application of HSS members is in architecturally exposed areas where careful attention must be given to aesthetics of the connections. Simple welded connections without the use of reinforcing material often present the most pleasing and economical solutions. The following fundamentals should be kept in mind:

1. HSS members should not be selected on the basis of minimum mass. That implies that the members will need to be connected for their full capacity, which often is not possible without detail reinforcing material.

2. the force that can be transmitted from one HSS member to another is known as the "connection resistance" and is a function of the relative dimensions and wall thicknesses of the members. It is frequently less than the capacity of the connected member. Therefore, it is necessary to establish that the contemplated members have sufficient connection resistance before the members sizes can be confirmed.

3. Furthermore, design documents that specify ‘connect for member capacity’ often have the effect of causing HSS connections to be reinforced, even if that was not the intent.

4. Square and rectangular HSS are much easier to fabricate than are round HSS because of the complexities fo the connection profiles.

(part 2 will be available in the next issue of this newsletter)

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Annual General Meeting by: Hector Medina 

SDIBC will hold their Annual General Meeting at the Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre on North Road, Burnaby on Thursday, March 9th, 2006

This evening is proving to be on of the most interesting in years. We are very happy and privileged to have Mr. Bob Neville, B.Sc., P.Eng. as our guest speaker. He is a principle of Reed Jones Christofferson and will be speaking of his years of experience in the design of structural projects throughout Canada, the United States and Internationally.

This alone will make the trip to Burnaby worthwhile but combined with a free meal we expect a big turnout. If you haven't already confirmed your attendance, you may be missing out on a great night.You can confirm your attendance today by emailing
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New AISC Manual  

The new manual is available for pre-order. The AISC member price is $175 ( USD), while non-members pay $350 (USD). Additional discounts are available for attendees at an upcoming steel seminar (visit for more details).

The new Manual brings together the best of ASD and LRFD and is easier to use than ever. ASD and LRFD are merged seamlessly side-by-side: tabulated ASD values have green shading and tabulated LRFD values feature blue type. Black type is used for design values that are independent of design philosophy. And included with the new Manual is AISC Design Examples, a CD-companion that provides hundreds of design examples illustrating the use of the new Manual and he 2005 Specification for Structural Steel Buildings.
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Seminar at Hilti Canada Corporation  

SDIBC had its first seminar on fasteners sponsored by Hilti Canada Corporation. Those of us that were fortunate to be able to attend due to limited seating saw a very informative seminar. Roberto Risman, CTR, P.Eng of Hilti arranged an evening seminar on Fasteners at their Burnaby Facilities. He and his staff volunteered their own time and provided refreshments for our group of steel detailers. There was a power point presentation given followed up by question and answer period.

Hilti had a display of different fasteners, which had given our detailers an updated approach of ‘What's New’ in the fastener industry. As the quality of steel detailing has steadily improved over the years, so have the fasteners. For example, gone are the saddle clips for grating. These now replaced by stronger capped clips that are harder to loosen and flush mounted so they do not become a tripping hazard. Epoxy and adhesive anchors are being used more often in lighter load structures and at low temperature conditions. KwikBolt II is no longer being manufactured. They've been replaced by KwikBolt III which can take a higher load and of course are much stronger.

All the feedback I received from the attending steel detailers was very positive. Everyone thought it was well worth the time to see and learn about fasteners first hand. Hopefully SDIBC can schedule another presentation on fasteners this year. I know that there are many other steel detailers interested in attending another fastener seminar if one became available.

I would again like to thank Roberto and Hilti on behalf of the Steel Detailing Institute of BC for arranging the seminar on Fasteners, especially at their facilities. By keeping our industry informed, up to date and working together we can all benefit by sharing this wealth of information.
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Seminars At Advance Bending Technologies Inc.  

SDIBC first & second seminar on bending took place on October 16, 2004 & May 28, 2005 provided by Advance Bending Technologies Inc. in Langley. It was a great turnout for both seminars. Special thanks to Brad Miller (president) and Rod Pare' (general manager) as they put on an excellent show. Not only did they cover the general topic of bending and answer questions but also they put on a first rate demonstration in their plant tour.

As the price of steel skyrockets, the cost of extra material trimmed because of proper bending techniques becomes extremely important. By giving the Bending Fabricators an advance notice of what material would be required for a given project, there could be some major cost savings through early consultation. For example, say the job requires eight ten foot lengths of six inch round stainless steel pipe at a radius of ten feet. You could ship eight separate pieces of pipe with lots of extra material at each end length for bending allowances or two forty footers to be bent and cut up later into eight pieces with very little wasted material for bending. These cost savings can be a major factor when bidding on jobs.

Detail drawings with the too much or too little information can also be a major problem. An inside radius or outside radius depending on the application with a chord length and a rise dimension are usually all that is required on most detail drawings. Another interesting point brought up was the effect of higher grades of steel on bending. Steel hardness increases as the grade goes up. With different suppliers of steel and the higher grades of steel being used, it becomes more difficult to achieve consistent bending results from the same bending machine if the material harness varies.

Due to the overwhelming response and the limited number of 25 seats, many steel detailers had to be turn away from attending the first seminar. The second seminar was to have a larger turnout of about 70 people but due to re-scheduling and postpone due to poor weather, we had a slightly smaller crowd. I hope those detailers that wanted to come to our first two seminars but could not attend will have another opportunity this year. Hopefully Advance Bending Technologies Inc. will again open their doors and grant us the opportunity to have another Bending Seminar at their site. I will post any other new information on the next Bending Seminar on our website. Stay tuned.

Other seminars on different subjects such as Welding or Project Management are also in the works. If anyone else has an interesting topic or idea which they would like to present or to see covered, please send me an email to sdibc.

We are also looking for New Volunteers to help with our organization. If you feel you're up to the challenge and you're willing to give up several evening of your own time to help with planning the future of Steel Detailers, send us a email, with a brief description of your background and how you would like to serve as a volunteer member for SDIBC.
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Golf News  

This past years golf tournament was a resounding success once again. The winning foursome from Trueline came into the clubhouse with an unbelievable course record of 10 under. Did they skip a hole?
Many thanks to Steve Carter for organizing things again. Thanks for all of your hard work.

SDIBC, along with Steve, would like to thank all of you for attending this year's Steel Detailers Golf Tournament. A special thanks goes out to the sponsors of this event:
• Dowco Consultants
• Pro Draft Inc.
• Tru-Line Drafting Service

Thanks also to all of our contributors for helping to make the event such a success. Topics being reviewed for SDIBC workshops and seminars
• Amec Dynamic Structures 1) Detail Drawing presentation.
• Candraft 2) Fabrication Procedures
• Canron Inc. 3) Erection
• G & H Drafting 4) Project Management
• Haney Ironworks Ltd. 5) Welding
• J.P. Metalmasters 2000 6) Bolting
• K & M Drafting Service 7) Anchor systems and inserts.
• Pacific Northwest Detail 8) EDT electronic data transfer.
• R.B. Detailing 9) Electronic files SDNF, CNC, Kiss
• Trimen Blueprinting 10) OSHA standards
• Unisource 11) Change orders
• Vector Reprographics 12) Reading drawings and documents.
• Wilkinson Steel 13) Dealing with back charges
• XL Ironworks 14) Getting paid for extras
15) Leans and legalities
16) Excel and word
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