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The Crom Professor of Structural Design at the University of Florida, Ellifritt brings impressive credentials to the University of Wyoming. Prior to his appointment at the University of Florida, he was Director of Engineering and Research for the Metal Building Manufacturers Association, and had spent five years teaching civil engineering courses at Oklahoma State University.

Those familiar with the Engineering Building will remember the appearance in early 1997 of the orange steel structure to the east of the building. Designed by Ellifritt, the structure is intended as a visual lesson to students who have never been around a construction site where a steel structure is being erected. Visualizing a three-dimensional detail connection from two-dimensional figures in books and on blackboards is obviously a problem for many students, and Ellifritt's teaching structure is a step in solving that problem.


The following is a description of some of the connections on the orange steel structure. The welds presented are not intended to represent all possible connections. There are other connection types that are equally valid. There are many variables like bolts vs. welds, shop vs. field attachment among others that appear within a single connection. This shows some common types of connections used in steel construction today.

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    College of Engineering and Applied Science
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