2016 AISC Code of Practice

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2016 AISC Code of Standard Practice Now Available for Free Download

It’s here! The 2016 AISC Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges (ANSI/AISC 303-16) is now available as a free PDF download at www.aisc.org/2016code.
“The most fundamental change is that the Code is now an ANSI-approved consensus document,” commented Charles J. Carter, AISC’s incoming president. “The composition of the Committee that developed it has equal representation from industry, design professionals, and general interest members. This includes structural engineers, architects, a building official, a general contractor, fabricators, detailers, erectors, inspectors, and an attorney.”
“The Code defines the statement of custom and usage for fabricated structural steel,” said Code Committee Chair Babette C. Freund, president of Universal Steel of North Carolina. “This is important to all – you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you have a new project.”
Also important to note is that portions of the Code have been incorporated by reference into the International Building Code. The IBC references ANSI/AISC 360 (the AISC Specification) and ANSI/AISC 341 (the AISC Seismic Provisions), and these documents both reference parts of the Code. A complete list of these parts is provided at www.aisc.org/303IBC.
Probably the most comprehensive change occurred in Section 10, Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel. AESS may now be specified at four levels of fit and finish, with an additional level for custom AESS specifications. “Over the years, AESS became a generalized term, often inadvertently applied to any visible structural steel,” noted Code Committee Secretary and Regional Engineer Tim Bradshaw. “With the new provisions, design professionals can specify the appropriate aesthetic requirements for visible portions of their projects.”
An outline of updates to the Code is available in AISC’s press announcement.

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