Steel Joist Floor Systems: Best Practices


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The Steel Joist Institute hosts special guest speaker Mike West, from Computerized Structural Design, for the webinar “Steel Joist Floor Systems: Best Practices.” This webinar will present guidelines and practical advice on using open-web steel joists in floor construction. New online tools from SJI to assist the Structural Engineer with floor joist design will be demonstrated.

Mike West, a registered architect and professional engineer in multiple states, has more than three decades of experience and has authored several design guides for the American Institute of Steel Construction, as well as lectured and presented extensively at a variety of conferences and seminars. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois – Urbana and his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. West was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AISC in 2013 and the Civil Government Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2014.

The learning objectives include:

  • Identify Codes and Standards providing requirements and guidance for selecting joists and Joist Girders for steel joist supported floor systems.
  • Review of where standard joists, constant shear joists (KCS joists), “Special Joists” for supporting non-uniform and concentrated loads, or CJ-Series Composite Joists may be advantageous.
  • Discuss SJI publications that are available to assist the Structural Engineer to design steel joist floor systems for serviceability, for selecting appropriate UL fire resistance ratings, and for adapting joists for future building uses.
  • Demonstrate SJI’s future Floor Bay Analysis tool showing how this tool can optimize the layout and select optimal depths for non-composite K-Series, LH-Series, and DLH–Series joists and Joist Girders as well as CJ-Series composite joists.
  • Learn how the recent incorporation of SJI’s Virtual Joist Girder tables within RAM Structural System, RISA, and SCIA Engineer facilitates the selection of Joist Girders within lateral load resisting frames.
  • Learn how SJI’s new Virtual Joist tables can yield a reasonable approximate joist effective moment of inertia and weight for joists with non-uniform loading, concentrated loads of varying magnitude, and / or externally applied local moments.