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Overcoming Vortex Shedding in Skyscrapers

March 19, 2020 9:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Vortex shedding is the oscillating flow of air or water as it goes past a bluff, rather than a streamlined body. As skyscrapers are rarely streamlined, this causes excessive force that could lead to structural damage. In fact, it is a likely factor in the 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Skyscraper vortex shedding is an issue that must be addressed during design and construction in Indiana and beyond. Here is an overview of vortex shedding and ways to overcome it. Effect of vortices Everyone has seen a vortex. The swirling currents in rivers and streams and the flow... View Article


Concrete vs. Steel: Which to Choose?

March 12, 2020 7:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When it comes to commercial construction, two major building materials reign supreme: concrete and steel. When it comes down to it, if you’re going to construct a new building for nearly any purpose, one of your first (and most critical) choices is to build your structure from concrete or steel. The debate over the merits of these two materials rages on. Still, in a side-by-side comparison, there’s almost no debate about which is the better choice: steel. In fact, there are so many benefits of steel construction in Indiana that it’s hard to know where to begin. Fight back against... View Article


What Determines the Timeline for Steel Building Construction?

February 27, 2020 7:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are so many incredible benefits to having your own steel structure constructed. They offer lower long-term maintenance costs. Steel buildings provide fantastic insulation, which lowers energy costs year-round. Structures made of steel also see lower month-over-month insurance costs because they’re naturally resistant to disasters like fires, tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes. Yes, there are so many reasons to love quality steel structures that it’s only natural to want yours erected as soon as possible. You may need to be patient, however, because building a steel structure is no easy feat. The amount of time it takes depends on several factors.... View Article


NASCC Steel Conference: Registration Is Open Now

February 8, 2020 12:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The NASCC Steel Conference is back again this year, this time taking place from April 22 to 24, 2020 in Atlanta, GA. For those who aren’t familiar with the show, it’s the world’s top educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, and Benchmark Fabricated Steel is eager to attend. Structural steel professionals, from structural engineers to erectors and detailers to architects, will gather at the Georgia World Conference Center for sub-conferences and over 250 sessions on a wide variety of steel-related topics. There is also a trade show at which you can view the latest products and technologies... View Article


What Is AISC Certification?

January 25, 2020 12:40 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’ve never heard of AISC certification, you might not know why it’s so important that your steel fabricator holds this designation. The American Institute of Steel Construction offers this certification to fabricators who meet certain requirements, setting standards for quality across the industry. Certified companies not only have met AISC’s strict standards for construction quality, but they also are subject to audits to ensure ongoing compliance. Read on to find out why being an AISC certified fabricator in Indiana is so important to Benchmark Fabricated Steel and our clients. What does it mean to be a certified fabricator? Any... View Article