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Magnificent Metal Mondays

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With the college football season right around the corner we thought it would be great to feature one of the most picturesque stadiums in the country. Today, we travel to Berkeley, California  Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays

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Today we travel to Montana, yes Montana! I am quite sure we have yet to travel to this large, picturesque state. We specifically are going to take a look Continue reading

Friday Fun -Create the Caption

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It’s been a while since we’ve posted one of these so here it is for you to enjoy. Look at the picture and comment on it with a caption. Remember use your imagination.

Throwback Thursdays

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In honor of Throwback Thursdays we are going to revisit METALCON Atlanta 2011. While these may not actually be real people it still qualifies  Continue reading

Beauty of Structural Engineering

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Wow some of these are really cool, innovative, and the wave of the future. Look at that image, isn’t it spectacular? So you are probably asking what the heck are we talking about here  Continue reading

Construction Live Site Video

This is really cool, entertaining and fun. While most of us grew up playing with Tonka Trucks and other pretend construction toys, this person took it to another level. Check the video out and let us know what you think. It’s creative and a good way to enjoy something in the field we all work in.

Magnificent Metal Mondays

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Easily one of our readers favorite posts every week is Magnificent Metal Mondays. Today we travel down under to Australia to see the glorious Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 440 feet above Sydney Harbour. The bridge opened in March of 1932 and took approximately 8 years to build. A real interesting fact about the bridge is that the steel expands and/or contracts depending on whether it is hot or cold. This ultimately causes the bridge to not be completely stationary and can rise or fall up to 7.1 inch.

Metal Grids and Asphalt Together

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Last week I talked about why we do not have metal bricks or blocks and voila this morning I read a story about metal grids being put on hot asphalt that make it look like bricks were used. I find it really coincidental that a week ago  Continue reading

World Cup Trophy – Part 2

Following up from yesterday I felt like the post on the World Cup Trophy could have used a bit more so I decided to do a little research. I found this video on YouTube which discussed the Chemistry of the World Cup Trophy. Take a look at the video, I found it very interesting along with our host’s haircut.

Register for METALCON

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Registration for METALCON is now open.  You can register by clicking here and I know you are saying didn’t he just talk about this Friday? Yes I did but I wanted to bring it up again obviously. With the early numbers we are seeing  Continue reading

85 Days Until METALCON

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Since we love new features here at METALCON, we are going to start a new one beginning tomorrow. We are going to profile an exhibitor each day until day 1 of METALCON. Who we profile and  Continue reading

Young Architects Program Winner Crowned

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Not sure how many of you have an Instagram account but I came across this story through an unlikely source. I happen to follow Jose Cabaco, who is Nike’s Brand Creative Director for Sportswear, and he had posted some interesting

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3D-Printed Steel Building Structures

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About a month ago I posted something about 3D printing for the metal construction industry and it looks like these mad scientists are back at it again. Looks as if they are starting to print  Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursdays

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Yes going to try to do another one today and in the spirit of July 4th let’s talk about our friend “ME.” Me was born back in 2013 and has grown up quickly to travel the world. Take a look at the photos through the years  Continue reading

Shape Metal Alloys

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Shape metal alloys or called SMA’s are something I had never heard of. This subject matter may not even apply to many of us in the metal construction industry but I think it certainly does. The science behind  Continue reading

New Features Coming

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I’ve been thinking about some new features for the blog and will begin using some of the ideas I have come with in the next week. I’d also like to open this up to anyone that  Continue reading

Goliath Roller Coaster Opens

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While this isn’t a metal roller coaster it is still impressive. The construction and work done on the Goliath Coaster at Six Flags Great America is impressive. Consider these Continue reading

100th Blog Post

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I realized that our blog has officially hit 100 posts so we’ve decided we should celebrate the fact that we have reached that impressive number! We always welcome contributions to the Continue reading

More Rumblings from Contractors not Using Metal

I feel like there is much more I would like to say regarding this issue and I hope today to get more information from contractors who are attending the Western Roofing Expo. I’m amazed and baffled by the lack of motivation I see from Continue reading

Rumblings from Contractors not Using Metal

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Yesterday was day 1 of the Western Roofing Expo and we talked to quite a few people yesterday. One conversation really struck me more than any other I had yesterday. I was speaking with a gentleman from San Diego who is a  Continue reading

Magnificent Metal Mondays – Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

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Another edition of Magnificent Metal Mondays is upon us, and since we are here in Las Vegas for the Western Roofing Expo let’s do a feature on a building in Las Vegas. Today we view The Continue reading

Construction Spending Rises in April

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The construction industry showed modest gains in April. Construction spending had risen slightly. Primarily, home building and government construction drove the total Continue reading

Made of Steel in Ireland

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This morning on my way to work I was poking around the internet looking for metal construction ideas to blog about when I ran into a feel good story that definitely needs some coverage. It is truly amazing that these people given the

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Many Failures Involving Metal Building Systems and Metal Roofs

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So here we have an interesting photo of a bridge that looks like a wreck. Anyhow, we see that there is concrete degradation, metal corrosion, fatigue and fracture with this bridge. So what leads to this Continue reading

Outback Steel Buildings – Time Lapse

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This is a recent steel building time lapse done in Washington Island, Wisconsin. According to the You Tube dates looks like this project was done sometime in or around February Continue reading

Levi Strauss CEO: Stop Washing your Jeans

download (1)So I know this may not be huge headlines in the construction industry but I do know that many of us wear jeans. Many of us even wear them on the work site because of the comfort aspect. I guess the question I now pose is  Continue reading

Join us June 8-11 in Las Vegas

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If you haven’t signed up to attend the Western Roofing Expo that is being held at the Paris in Las Vegas June 8-11th, then what are you waiting for? METALCON is happy to support the Western States Roofing Contractors Association each year. The number one reason you should attend is obviously because  Continue reading

Construction Work Favors Bygone Ways

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Today on my way to work I happened to be reading the news on my phone as I always do and ran into an interesting article on construction being done right here in Boston on the Longfellow Bridge, Continue reading

Attaching Metal to Metal in Construction

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I happened to stumble across this interesting video from what looks like the 1950’s. It talks about the problems of attaching metal to metal in construction. Enjoy the video by going to  Continue reading