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AISC Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges

Course Outline

This course presents information on the standard practice for steel buildings and bridges. It has been updated from AISC 303-05 to AISC 303-10. The contents cover materials, contract documents, shop and erection drawings, shop fabrication and delivery, erection, quality assurance, contracts and architecturally exposed structural steel. The course materials are based entirely on the AISC publication: AISC Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges (AISC 303-10, current version). This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Introduction

The first edition of AISC Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges (AISC 303) was published in October, 1924. The trade practices established and set forth in this Code define custom and usage for the fabricated structural steel industry in the United States for steel buildings, bridges, and other structures. The provisions of this Code govern the fabrication and erection of structural steel, in the absence of individual provisions in the contract documents superseding corresponding, individual provisions of this Code.

AISC 303 is maintained and updated by a committee consisting of approximately 30 members representing both the design community and the steel construction industry. According to the American Institute of Steel Construction, the current 2010 edition is not a complete revision of the 2005 edition but does include the following significant changes/improvements:

Course Content

In this course, you will be directed to the website of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) to download the following AISC publication:

AISC Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges - April 2010 (84 pages, PDF file format, 1.6 MB)

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, save or print the document for your study. A hard copy of AISC 303-10 can also be found in the 14th Edition AISC Steel Construction Manual.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction
FHWA Steel Fabrication
Steel Fabrication - Thomas Register Directory


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.