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Steel strength unpacked: Understanding today’s standards

Steel’s role in construction is fundamental, thanks to its incredible versatility and robustness. However, picking the right type of steel for specific builds isn’t a matter of making an educated guess about what type of steel will “get the job done” –  it’s a process that demands awareness of and adherence to the current standards […]

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Learn all about steel decking designed as a diaphragm at the 2024 NASCC: The Steel Conference.

Steel deck diaphragms can be an efficient and cost-effective way of resisting lateral loading on a structure because the deck can do so while supporting gravity and uplift loading at the same time. Furthermore, the Steel Deck Institute (SDI) continues to provide resources that make designing with steel deck easier. Many of those will be

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Building Stronger: Key Takeaways from Steel Deck Institute’s NASCC Presentations

At the upcoming NASCC, the steel industry’s premier educational event, members of the Steel Deck Institute, including Kyle Van Duzer, Tom Sputo, and Gerald McKenzie, will deliver insightful presentations that reflect the latest advancements and practices in steel construction. These presentations are poised to offer a comprehensive overview of the challenges and innovations shaping the

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Steel Deck Institute’s Role in Preserving AISI Cold-Formed Steel Standards: A New Chapter Begins

AISI’s long-standing legacy For more than 125 years, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has been a trusted voice of the steel industry in the United States and North America. Their contribution to the industry has been immeasurable, particularly in maintaining standards for the design of cold-formed steel structural members since 1946. These standards,

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Navigating the Complexities of Steel Sourcing: The SDI Members’ Guide to Buy American Compliance and Quality

The Steel Deck Institute (SDI) stands as a unifying body for members spread across the United States, Canada and Mexico. This network not only includes subsidiaries of domestic steel mills but also encompasses those who stock both domestic and foreign steel. For design professionals, understanding how SDI members align with the Buy American Act and

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The Role of Steel Deck in the Soundproofing and Acoustic Performance of Buildings

Many of us have shared the common experiences of watching a loved one receive their diploma during a commencement ceremony, witnessing an unforgettable slam dunk in overtime, or having our perspective changed during a university lecture. The indelible impression made during these events is due in part to the many contextual elements that went into

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SDI Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Larry Luttrell

The Steel Deck Institute celebrates the life and legacy of Larry Luttrell, a brilliant engineer and renaissance man whose ground-breaking research and insights into diaphragm action and composite deck redefined the industry’s approach to design methodologies and positioned the SDI as the authority on industry standards for the design, manufacture, and field usage of steel

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Modernizing the SDI Code of Standard Practice

Modernizing the SDI Code of Standard Practice The Steel Deck Institute has updated its Code of Standard Practice as a consensus document from industry leaders under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidelines. The goal of this document is to outline best practices within the industry for the design, purchase, manufacture, and installation of steel

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