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From The Field: Practical Column Splice Design

Careful attention to a seemingly insignificant structural design detail, column web orientation in this case, can be a real life-saver in the field – literally. In mid- and high-rise buildings, perimeter columns are typically spliced every two floors.  If structural design requirements allow, it’s best to orient column webs parallel to the edge of the building. This can offer significant productivity gains in the field.  It is also safer for the workers and anyone or anything on the ground in the vicinity of the work. If column flanges are parallel to the building edge, ironworkers must spend time and effort setting up a platform (also known as a ‘float’) suspended off the edge of the building to access the outside flange.  The ironworkers then have to move equipment and materials on to the float.  The ironworker then carefully steps onto the float and very carefully performs his work high above … Read More


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