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Steel Seminar (6PDHs)

  • August 31, 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • AGC Alabama


  • SEAoAL Member Pricing

Description: Focusing on the steel from “ladle (or cradle) to gate”, this session will give you the scoop on the world’s most versatile building material. Starting at the cradle, we will explore the two predominant steel making techniques employed in the US and their impacts on our environment – the story is not as bad as you envision. Next we will focus on the products that result from these processes, including ASTM A913, a specification for higher strength wide-flange beams. And finally we will visit the “gate” and explore the innovations and what’s next for the steel industry in our ever changing world as well as tools that can help in design of your next project.


8:00 a.m. —  8:30 a.m.

Registration & Hot Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. —   10:00 a.m.

Ladle to Gate I, Kim Olson, P.E.

10:15 a.m. —  11:45 a.m.

Ladle to Gate II, Kim Olson, P.E.

11:45 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Yummy Lunch sponsored by Parrot Structural Services

12:30 p.m. —  2:00 p.m.

Design of Welds & Weld Symbols for the Practicing Engineer., Robert Whyte, P.E. SE, LYBD.

2:15 p.m. —  4:30 p.m.

 A & E case studies, best practices and Claims Scenarios. Chuck Buckhart, Balch & Bingham.

Speaker provided by Sterling Seacrest Pritchard

Seminar Location
500 Grantswood Road, Suite 100
Irondale, AL 35210205-451-1400


Kim Olson, PE is a structural engineer with over 20 years’ experience. She recently joined Nucor’s Construction Solutions Group after being the HSS Consulting Engineer for the Steel Tube Institute. Prior to joining STI, Kim was a Structural Engineer at FORSE Consulting where she offered support services to architects and engineers as well as consulting services to STI. At Martin/Martin, Inc (Denver, CO), Kim was a practicing engineer for seven years. She managed and designed an impressive variety of structures, from research labs and sporting grandstands to recreation centers and schools. Kim is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and a member of the NASCC Planning Committee, AWS D1.1 TG7 Tubular Committee, AISC TC 10, AISC’s Committee on Manualsand a Director for the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado.

Robert Whyte , PE, SE graduated from The University of Costa Rica with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and from The University of Alabama with a Master of Science in Structural Engineering. He has over 24 years of experience in the design of structural steel connections, multi-story concrete, steel, wood, and masonry buildings, review of construction submittals and shop drawings, and on-site observations during construction. As Project Manager he is experienced in the review of construction submittals and shop drawings as well as on-site observations during construction. Design experience includes numerous structural steel connection design projects, specialty stair and handrail, industrial, institutional, new construction, renovations and additions to existing structures. Robert has also written several articles and delivered presentations related to structural steel connection design.

Hotel Information
Hampton Inn & Suites,  950 Old Grants Mill Rd: (205) 933-0444
Holiday Inn Express, 811 Old Grants Mill Road: 205-957-0555 

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