This code contains the requirements for fabricating and erecting
welded steel structures. When this code is stipulated in contract
documents, conformance with all provisions of the code shall be
required, except for those provisions that the Engineer (see 1.4.1)
or contract documents specifically modifies or exempts.
The following is a summary of the code clauses:
1. General Requirements. This clause contains
basic information on the scope and limitations of the code, key
definitions, and the major responsibilities of the parties involved
with steel fabrication
2. Design of Welded Connections. This clause
contains requirements for the design of welded connections composed
of tubular, or nontubular, product form members.
3. Prequalification. This clause contains the
requirements for exempting a WPS (Welding Procedure Specification)
from the WPS qualification requirements of this code.
4. Qualification. This clause contains the
requirements for WPS qualification and the qualification tests
required to be passed by all welding personnel (welders, welding
operators, and tack welders) to perform welding in accordance with
5. Fabrication. This clause contains general
fabrication and erection requirements applicable to welded steel
structures governed by this code, including the requirements for
base metals, welding consumables, welding technique, welded
details, material preparation and assembly, workmanship, weld
repair, and other requirements.
6. Inspection. This clause contains criteria
for the qualifications and responsibilities of inspectors,
acceptance criteria for production welds, and standard procedures
for performing visual inspection and NDT (nondestructive
7. Stud Welding. This clause contains the
requirement for the welding of studs to structural steel.
8. Strengthening and Repair of Existing
Structures. This clause contains basic information
pertinent to the welded modification or repair of existing steel