What Your Fabricator Wishes You Knew About HSS


November 19, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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What Your Fabricator Wishes You Knew About HSS
There is a common misconception that structures using hollow structural sections (HSS) are more expensive than those comprised primarily of open sections. This presentation sets out to bust that myth – with insights direct from fabricators. The truth of the matter is that it is in the fabrication of HSS where costs can creep up, far more than the cost of the actual steel itself. So proper HSS member design and connections have a significant influence on the total fabricated cost of a structure. The Steel Tube Institute (STI) went directly to fabricators to learn how to reduce the costs of HSS fabrication and connections. This presentation is designed to share those insights, helping engineers learn what fabricators wish they knew about HSS.

Kim Olson, P.E.

Kim Olson, PE, is an HSS Consulting Engineer for the Steel Tube Institute (STI) and a structural engineer with over 20 years’ experience. 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., 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 has mastered the art of multitasking working and homeschooling while practicing social distancing and maintaining her sanity.


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