Mark Bula, Steel Tube Institute
Patty Rioux, PRISM Insights
Credits Available for Architects and Engineers Through AIA and NCSEA
Chicago, IL, October 8, 2012 --- The Steel Tube Institute (STI) announced today that both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) have provided the Institute with approval for the granting of continuing education. Architects and structural engineers needing continuing education credits or professional development hours can now rely on STI as a certified education provider.
During the second half of 2012, STI has been traveling to local chapters of NCSEA and AIA to deliver presentations to architects and engineers on the uses and benefits of hollow structural sections (HSS). HSS refers to high-strength welded steel tubing used as structural elements in buildings, bridges and other structures, as well as a variety of manufactured products. These presentations are meant to re-introduce attendees to the basics of HSS and expand upon their knowledge of its capabilities. Presentations cover topics such as manufacturing and fabrication processes; attributes and strengths; best uses and opportunities; design aids and software; architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS); connections of structural members; and the newest trends in designing with HSS.
"Our goal is to be the go-to resource for information on HSS," said Mark Bula, HSS Director for Steel Tube Institute. "Being able to take HSS education on the road and now being able to award continuing education credits is a huge part of that mission. The response we've received from architects and engineers has been extremely positive. HSS gets lightly touched upon in college curriculums but attendees are telling us they really value the deeper view being offered by our presentations."
To achieve AIA- and NCSEA-approved continuing education provider status, STI underwent a rigorous application process and successfully demonstrated the ability to adhere to the standards set by both organizations. NCSEA was formed to constantly improve the level of standard of practice of the structural engineering profession throughout the United States, and to provide an identifiable resource for those needing communication with the profession. Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals and allied partners since 1857.
“We’re already confirming presentations for 2013 with state and local chapters of the AIA and NCSEA, private engineering and architecture firms, and other places where engineers and architects gather,” said Bula. “We are also planning on introducing webinars next year to expand our offerings even further.”
Individuals interested in scheduling a group presentation can contact STI by email at HSSInfo@steeltubeinstitute.org.
ABOUT STEEL TUBE INSTITUTE: The Steel Tube Institute was formed in 1930 when a group of manufacturers joined forces to promote and market steel tubing. Their goal was to mount a cooperative effort that would improve manufacturing techniques and inform customers about their products’ utility, versatility and competitive advantages. This, along with providing a forum for the discussion of issues impacting the industry, remains the focus of the Institute’s efforts. www.steeltubeinstitute.org
Steel Tube Institute’s HSS Committee includes the majority of the leading producers of HSS in the United States and Canada. The group has been active as an Institute committee for more than 20 years, providing technical and design help for the industry, and promoting the features, benefits and uses of steel hollow structural sections (HSS). www.hss-steeltubing.org