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Welcome to the Atlas Tube blog of industry info and news about HSS products.

Brad Fletcher, S.E., serves as a Sales Engineer for Atlas Tube, providing technical expertise on the use of Hollow Structural Sections (HSS) and Pipe Piling products to design engineers, detailers, fabricators and architects. A registered structural engineer, Brad has two decades of experience, having held senior positions at leading architecture and engineering firms including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Halvorson & Partners. Brad holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. He is active in many industry groups including the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois and ASTM International.

A Guide to A1085 (Frequently Asked Questions)

As I travel the country talking to colleagues, I get a lot of questions about A1085. Since some of the same questions come up time and time again, I thought it would be helpful if I wrote them down as part of a “Frequently Asked Questions” guide to A1085. I hope you find this FAQ helpful when designing with A1085 on your next project.

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Recapping NASCC 2017

NASCC 2017 was held in the background of the famous San Antonio River Walk at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. With a record crowd of over 4,500 attendees, the show featured more than 200 exhibitors and 100 different educational seminar! The Steel Conference was an overwhelming success.

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An Introduction to CSA - Class H

You’ve probably heard about CSA - Class H material at some point but might not be familiar with it. Today, I’d like to reintroduce you to Class H.

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Top 5 Reasons to Specify HSS (A1085 or A500 Grade C) Instead of Pipe (A53)

As I talk to my colleagues around the country, I’m always asked about what makes an ASTM A1085 or A500 Grade C HSS round better than the ASTM A53 pipe the local fabricator is offering. Since A1085 and A500 Grade C are both structural specifications, round HSS products are produced to be used in structural applications and general construction use. An A53 pipe size tube on the other hand is produced to allow the proper flow of oil, water or gas and is not intended to be used in structural applications. Let’s break down the top five reasons to specify A1085 or A500 Grade C round HSS on your next project instead of A53 Pipe.

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Project Featuring ASTM A1085 HSS Kicks Off SteelDay

Project Featuring ASTM A1085 HSS Kicks Off SteelDay
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Seattle Transfer Station

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Atlas Tube participated in kicking off SteelDay from the Emerald City – Seattle, Washington. The focus of the event was the active construction site for the Seattle North Transfer station, a public works project for processing and transferring municipal solid waste (MSW), organic materials, and recyclables. Featuring 90 tons of ASTM A1085 hollow structural sections (HSS) for the long span roof trusses, the North Transfer Station is the largest ASTM A1085 project to date on the West Coast. 

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