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Steel Deck Institute to Host Session at 2019 NASCC: The Steel Conference

April 1, 2019

GLENSHAW, PA - The Steel Deck Institute (SDI) will host two sessions on “Properly Specifying Steel Deck” at 2019 NASCC: The Steel Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. in Room 230 and Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Room 275. (The April 4 session will also be live-streamed.) The sessions will be conducted by Thomas Sputo, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., technical director of the Steel Deck Institute. Each session awards 1.0 PDH.

The Steel Deck Institute will also host Booth 329 at the conference, where visitors can receive answers to their questions about steel deck, learn about cutting-edge research, discuss the steel deck environmental product declaration (EPD), and learn about the SDI Diaphragm Interaction Calculator, a web-based tool that allows for easy calculation of steel deck diaphragms under the influence of combined wind uplift and diaphragm shear in accordance with AISI S310, North American Standard for the Design of Profiled Steel Diaphragm Panels. 

Additional presentations related to steel deck at 2019 NASCC include:

  • “New Design Guide 35: Storm Shelter and Safe-Room Design”
    Presentation by Roger LaBoube, Ph.D., P.E. and Marc Barter, P.E.
    Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 3:15 - 4:45 p.m. (also live-streamed)
    Thursday, April 4, 2019 @ 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
  • “Seismic Behavior and Design of Steel Diaphragms”
    Presentation by Jerry Hajjar, Ph.D., P.E.; Sam Easterling, Ph.D., P.E.; Matt Eatherton, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.; and Ben Schafer, Ph.D., P.E.
    Thursday, April 4, 2019 @ 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (also live-streamed)
    Friday, April 5, 2019 @ 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
  • “Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment”
    Presentation by Mark Thimons, P.E., LEED AP-BD+C and Brandie Sebastian, LCACP, American Iron and Steel Institute
    Friday, April 5, 2019 @ 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

2019 NASCC: The Steel Conference is hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction and will take place April 3-5, 2019 at America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, MO. It is the premier educational and networking event for the structural steel industry, bringing together structural engineers, steel fabricators, erectors and detailers. For more information or to register for 2019 NASCC, visit

Since 1939, the Steel Deck Institute has provided uniform industry standards for the engineering, design, manufacture, and field usage of steel floor and roof decks. The 19 member companies of SDI are manufacturers of steel floor and roof decks, and the 10 associate members are manufacturers of products related to the use of steel decks. The member companies operate certified deck manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States. For more information, visit


Bob Paul, P.E.
Managing Director
Steel Deck Institute
Tel: 412.487.3325