Recently Atema Client China Railway Shanhaiguan Bridge Group, located on the east coast of China was was honored by the New York City Bridge and Tunnels division for their work on the:
VN 80B - UL Deck replacement at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
The honor is in appreciation of exceptional professional courtesy and cooperation to achieve project challenges, partner on solutions and mark achievements.
Atema is honored to be affiliated with an exceptional steel fabricator and project team.
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The week started off at a site that was in the crane set up stage. The slab was being completed and tradesmen were expeditiously working full days taking advantage of the good weather before the inevitable cold snap and snow arrives. The second site was a data center addition where girders were being erected, welding was occurring on decking and the main connection type was tension control bolts.
Our group of eight, me and Mike Mauris and our six Dominican friends had the pleasure of the autumn colors and a pleasant drive across the state to a Veteran’s Hospital. This project was mostly completed, yet the group got exposure to fire proofing while observing a nearly complete building. One interesting fact about this building is the requirement for slip critical connections in order for the steel to not “bang” during the summer months when expansion could cause distress to patients suffering from shell shock. Somebody was thinking ahead!
Our journey ended with a trip to Buckner Companies headquarters where we met with estimators, lift planners, maintenance personnel, project managers and the company’s patriarch, Eddie. Our final stop was a multi-story office building where the group was able to observe several multi-pick lifts, including a “Christmas tree” pick of five complex pieces, which were all fully installed in under 22 minutes. What an amazing crew!!
Acero Estrella is the premier steel fabricator in the Dominican Republic along with an advanced steel erection group whose experience is evolving and enhancing by the day. Buckner Companies is a North Carolina based steel erector and crane rental company whose accolades would be too long to list. Needless to say, Acero Estrella and Atema learned immensely during that wonderful week in October and are in debt to the graciousness of Colby Arney, Mauricio Urena, Dennis Barker and Chip Pocock of Buckner Companies.
In order to properly thank Buckner Companies, we would like to make a charitable donation to Allied Churches in Burlington, NC. Buckner regularly gives back to their community and is a model to calibrate your own standards.
Atema thanks Buckner Companies and their staff for the hospitality, patience and knowledge given to our group in October.
Our client JHDS had their very first QMC audit for the AISC Building Certification Program. We are pleased to announce they passed their audit with no Corrective Action Requests.
For almost 10 years, JHDS has been quickly growing its reputation as the go-to structural steel fabricator in the tri-state area. JHDS currently serves New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, but can perform work outside these areas upon request.
“We never fail to meet or exceed our clients’ expectations for quality, price, and punctuality. We complete all jobs in accordance with your specifications and all required codes. We have consistently surpassed our clients’ expectations for price, quality, and delivery.” (www.jhdsllc.com)
Jorge Jr. at JHDS says, "Wanted to take the time to thank all of you at Atema for being so prompt and for all your help. From the looks of things, we have received 0 CARS during the audit!”
by Dan Hoffman
If you are thinking of hiring a consultant, here are some things to consider.
First, consider whether you need a consultant at all. It is entirely possible that you do not need a consultant. Consider all of your resources and whether the manpower and time needed to achieve your goals are within your means.
If you do decide you need a consultant, research a few of them, and start at their websites. Does the consultant have a website that has more than just a phone number? Some companies have a website with phone and email, but no physical address. This isn't definitively a bad thing, but it also does nothing to show the depth that an office location and staff roster can.
"One-man-bands" have flooded the consultant industry in recent years. There is nothing inherently wrong with an expert in a particular field putting his knowledge to work, mind you. Working out of one's home office can keep costs low and pricing more agreeable to fabricators. However, when considering the metal fabrication industry, there is demand for expertise that a larger staff is better equipped to accommodate.
Larger companies in particular might need CWIs who know how to create and review WPSs and determine if they are applicable to AWS welding codes like D1.1 or D1.5. Or they might need engineers who know how to establish a fracture critical program and answer questions on how their company might do bridgework. The demand for the creation of a quality system and that system's subsequent consultation audit may pose a problem. How can a "One-man-band" write a manual and then perform an internal audit on the manual's implementation? There are no checks and balances! A deeper company can offer someone to write a manual and implement the system, and then can offer a different person (a new set of eyes) to audit. The auditor might see things the author did not.
A consulting company in structural steel with depth would have the staff and resources to accommodate these needs.
Lastly, you should consider what "stripes" the consultant boasts. Does the consultant have a degree from a mining a school? Or do they have accolades of the industry? Does the consultant have only a 10-20 year-old graduate degree? Or do they have industry certifications with professional development, continuing education, and recertification requirements? For steel fabrication consulting, Certified Weld Inspectors, Certified Weld Engineers, and Certified Manufacturing Engineers (to name a few) all require the regeneration of knowledge in the industry to get recertified. Depth in consulting should include stripes like this, and should be more than one person.
So when choosing a consultant, it's less about how deep you want to go, but more about how deep want the consultant to go.
by Terry Logan
Our client McGregor Industries had their QMC annual audit for the AISC Erector Certification Program. We are pleased to announce they passed their audit with no Corrective Action Requests.
McGregor Industries "fabricates and installs the miscellaneous metal components for buildings, artistic projects, and anything requiring the cutting, bending, welding, and finishing of metal. Miscellaneous metal work generally includes stairways, railings, and other miscellaneous metal work not associated to the structural steel component of a building. McGregor’s ability to fabricate and install miscellaneous metal to tight tolerances sets it apart from our competition.
Most recently, McGregor has begun to set itself apart in the fabrication and installation of." (www.mcgregorindustries.com)
Grace at McGregor writes, "Thank you so much for all of your help, Anna!" Way to go, Anna! AndCongratulations to McGregor Industries.
by Paul Proczko
RCC Fabricators Inc. is one of the first companies Atema has assisted for AISC Certification Conversion for Bridge Fabricators. Mike Mauris, Atema Quality Systems Specialist, worked closely with RCC Fabricators Project Manager Jeff Smilek to update their currently certified system to comply with the AISC Certification Program for Steel Bridge Fabricators. Atema also conducted AASHTO/AWS D1.5 Bridge Welding Code training for the RCC Fabricator staff specific to Fracture Critical Welds.
AISC granted RCC Fabricators an upgrade from Simple Bridge to Intermediate Bridge Certification with Fracture Critical Endorsement.
Congratulations to RCC Fabricators!
"RCC Fabricators, Inc. is a large scale structural steel fabricator and erector and the designer/manufacturer of custom rail equipment. Our steel is used in buildings, railings, stairs, walkways and sign structures for both public agencies and private institutions. We maintain a diverse client list and take pride in providing customer satisfaction through quality workmanship and service...
...Located on 16 acres in Southampton, NJ, our 53,000 SF facility contains seven overhead cranes with a lifting capacity of 80 tons in each of two large bays. Our welders are qualified to AWS D1.5, with certifications including FCAW, SAW, MIG and TIG processes. We possess a variety of welding and fabrication equipment including MIG and TIG welders, sub-arc units, pipe benders, a 300 ton press brake and both large and small iron workers. We also have an array of cutting capabilities, from oxy-fuel and plasma cutting to plate shearing. Our experience in a wide variety of fabrication work, a highly trained workforce and a fully equipped, modern facility enables us to maintain the highest level of workmanship toward achieving the desired outcome tailored to each client’s specific needs."
by Pavi Proczko
Dynamic Structures Inc. is one of the first companies Atema has assisted for AISC Certification Conversion for Bridge Fabricators. Mike Mauris, Atema Quality Systems Specialist, worked closely with Dynamic's Vice President of Quality Assurance and Systems Ursula Rajtar to update their currently certified system to comply with the AISC Certification Program for Steel Bridge Fabricators.
AISC granted Dynamic Structures Simple Bridge Certification, Paint Endorsement, and Fracture Critical Endorsement.
Dynamic Structures Inc. is location in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. Their history in structural steel fabrication dates back to 1926. They specialize in fabricating steel for amusement park rides, telescope observatory enclosures, and other complex bridge and building structures. (Wikipedia)
"Dynamic Structures is the premier provider of dynamic, complex structures utilized for industry, government, academia and entertainment. Based on our years of unique experience, we assist our clients to find safe, creative and cost effective solutions for the most challenging demands. Dynamic has earned a reputation for pushing the envelope of practical creativity." (Dynamic Structures webpage)
Congratulations Ursula and everyone at Dynamic Structures, Inc!
Mike Mauris gave special thanks for this project.
"Thanks as always to our entire team, but I want to thank [Pavi Proczko, Corporate Services Manager of Atema] especially for working the final hour and cementing the final documents for presentation to our client for documentation turnaround!!!!!! You went the extra mile bro!"
My pleasure Mike!
UPDATE 12 August 2014
"Previous program requirements including Certified Structural Steel Erector and Advanced Certified Steel Erector Checklists will not be used to evaluate participant. Furthermore, the previous categories of Certified Steel Erector and Advanced Certified Steel Erector are no longer valid for participants applying after October 1, 2014 and for continuing participants for certificates expiring in November 2015 or later."
- PROPOSED AISC Certification Program Requirements for Structural Steel Erection
NEW BUILDING FABRICATOR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
New program requirements for Building Fabricator Certification will still reference the AISC Standard for Steel Building Structures – 2006. As of September 1, 2014, all new applicants to the Building Fabricator Certification Program must meet the new program requirements. Currently certified companies must meet the new requirements by August 1, 2015.
NEW ERECTOR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
New program requirements for Erector Certification will reference the new AISC Standard for Structural Steel Erectors – 2013. The requirements for the Erector certification program are moving away from the Certified Erector and Advanced Certified Erector Checklist format. New applicants to the Erector Certification Program must meet the new program requirements starting September 1, 2014.
Current participants of the Erector program will receive a gap analysis during their next annual QMC audit starting August 1, 2014, to ease the transition. The conversion process to the new Erector Program requirements and the new Standard for Structural Steel Erectors – 2013 is mandatory and will begin August 1, 2015. Conversion will be completed by August 1, 2016.
Many current participants of the Erector program that achieved certification with Atema’s assistance already have many elements of the new standard in place in their erector programs. Many of the new requirements will look familiar.
The table below shows the timeline for compliance to the new program requirements.
For more information check the Modern Steel Construction website.
by Pavi Proczko
Atema Inc. Technical Director Jon Edwards worked with local Springfield, IL 5th graders in a youth engineering competition.
The task was to build a Rube Goldberg Machine that draws a 3" line, using 10 or more steps. According to Wikipedia, "A Rube Goldberg machine...is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg."
In addition to building this "Rube Goldberg" contraption, the each student in class had to keep a journal of professional engineers' presentations on energy, work, machines, etc. Finally they had to write a paper on the Panama Canal.
In February 2014, Jon's group of kids from Dubois Elementary in Springfield placed 2nd out of 14 in their area. With such a high ranking, they were invited to the Central Illinois finals in Champaign, IL, during the Engineering Open House.
The event took place in March. Contestants included fifth grades from Springfield, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur and Peoria. You can see a series of pictures below of the contraption Jon's young engineers created for the competition.
The students are from a school known to have many problems - lots of kids bussed in from poor neighborhoods, according to Edwards, who also judged the Central, IL finals. He beamed with pride, writing "We came in second...Dubois Elementary in Springfield has primarily low income families, so it was great to see these kids excited about something educational."
- CRSBG Honored by TBTA
- Atema Tool Store
- AE USA Visit October 2014
- JHDS LLC - Structural Steel Fabricators Passes QMC Initial Audit
- How to choose a Consultant (Or the case for deep consultants)
- McGregor Industries Passes QMC Annual Audit
- RCC Fabricators Inc. Achieves AISC Certification Bridge Conversion
- Dynamic Structures Inc. Achieves New AISC Certification Conversion
- New AISC Program Requirements to be Released
- Jon Edwards, PE and the Young Engineers