In December, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) released a new standard— Certification Standards for Steel Fabrication and Erection and Manufacturing of Metal Components (AISC 207-16). Developed by the institute’s certification standards committee, this standard unites provisions from existing ones related to steel building fabrication, steel bridge fabrication, steel erection, and metal component manufacturing.
The previous standards, which were compiled over many years, were difficult for industry professionals to compare side-by-side. Combining the commonalities of these existing standards simplifies the information, and thereby allows architects, engineers, and general contractors to gain a better understanding of AISC certification standards
“The significance of the harmonized standard lies in Section One,” says Michael A. West, committee chair. “The provisions in it are common to all four industry segments. Because the previous four separate standards were developed over time, minor differences in terminology and requirements have been discovered in the documents. The common requirements in Section One corrects this situation and leaves any differences among industry segment requirements to their four unique industry sections.”
The certification program migration to the new standard will kick off in April at NASCC: The Steel Conference, taking place in Baltimore. The event will feature three technical sessions on the fabricator certification program migration for building, bridge, hydraulic fabricators, and component manufacturers. Registration for the conference opens January 15.