Achieving Level Composite Steel Floors

by Eldon G. Tipping, Jr., Structural Services, Inc, Dallas, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


Constructing deflected composite steel floors that are level is a complex operation, and one which requires cooperation and an exchange of information between the structural engineer and the contractor. One key element in this effort is establishing a level platform at connections prior to concrete placement. Data taken during construction of two high-rise composite steel office buildings show that variation of connection elevations in supporting structural steel can create significant challenges for the concrete finishing subcontractor. Suggestions for improving control over structural steel connection elevations are provided.

Subject Headings: Steel structures | Floors | Composite materials | Structural steel | Steel | Composite structures | Steel construction | Connections (structural)

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