This connection design tool kit for students is based on the original steel sculpture designed by Duane S. Ellifritt, P.E., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the University of Florida. The tool kit includes this teaching guide, a 3D CAD file of the steel sculpture, and a shear connection calculator tool. The teaching guide contains drawings and photographs of each connection depicted on the steel sculpture, the CAD file is a 3D AutoCAD® model of the steel sculpture with complete dimensions and details, and the calculator tool is a series of MathCAD® worksheets that enables the user to perform a comprehensive check of all required limit states.
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information.