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Bridging and Steel Joists

Tim Holtermann, PE, SE / Canam Steel Corporation; Bruce Brothersen, PE, SE / Vulcraft
November 10, 2021
Session Details

1.5 PDHs


Steel joists provide excellent economy for vertical, in-plane loads. The lateral support bracing system – bridging – is a key to the performance of a steel joist. This SEU Session will explore steel joist bridging from two perspectives. First, the types, roles, forces, and specification criteria – “How It Works.” And second, the challenges, potential conflicts, and solutions for the bridging layout and installation – “What to Work Around.”


• The types and roles of bridging will be covered.
• The governing criteria for the bridging spacing and sizing will be reviewed.
• The connection details and options will be explored, both the drawing details and the realities of field installation.
• A number of potential conflicts and resolutions for bridging locations will be discussed, such as working around sprinkler systems.

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