Materials 2017 was held over two days earlier this month at the ILEC Centre, London. A broad range of speakers was pulled together to discuss the latest innovations and technology in a very wide range of materials, including steel. The so-called Steel Panel comprised Jonathan Clemens (Tata Steel), John Rushton (Peter Brett, and currently a Non-Executive Director of SCI), and Graham Couchman (SCI). John’s presentation focused on current steel building design and construction practice, indicating that they are seeing more projects coming through concerned with adapting buildings for a range of use, using hybrid combinations of materials (steel with timber and steel with concrete), and intensive developments at transport and retail sites where mixed use is one of a number of constraints that make design more challenging.

Jonathan presented facts and figures that showed the relevance of steel to the construction sector, indeed noting that more strip steel is used in construction than in the more ‘glamorous’ automotive sector. His presentation resonated with that of John in identifying steel as a material that integrates well with others, and can be essential to facilitate the use of other materials. He also emphasised that steel has been a key construction material for over 100 years.

Graham’s brief summary of trends he perceives, and current activities at SCI, concentrated on moves towards higher strength material, and research and development of systems that are readily demountable so that components can be reused. These complement two benefits of steel that are already widely exploited, namely the ability to achieve long spans (and therefore create flexible space), and the ability to be extensively recycled, to make steel a very interesting material to meet future construction demands. These characteristics have of course already enabled steel to dominate certain significant market sectors.

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Steel Connection Design Essential Steelwork Design
23 & 24th May 2017, Cardiff
Steel Connection Design VBA – the power behind Excel
30 & 31st May 2017 – Webinar
Steel Connection Design  Steel Building Design to EC3
6th June 2017 - Nottingham



Nancy Baddoo Awarded Tom Colcough Medal

Nancy has been awarded the Tom Colcough Medal and Prize by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) in recognition of her work at the SCI on the performance of structural stainless steel over the last 25 years.

The Tom Colcough Medal and Prize is given in recognition of learned contribution to the understanding of the microstructure, mechanical properties, fabricability or in-service performance, production or engineering connected with the iron and steel industry.

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David Brown to visit Hong Kong and Singapore in May 2017

David Brown will be visiting Hong Kong and Singapore in May, as part of this trip David will visit a number of SCI member companies to deliver technical training on Eurocodes. We still have an available slot in Singapore on 15th May. If you are an SCI Corporate member company and would like David to make a presentation to your engineers please contact us.

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Sponsorship Opportunities at SCI Annual Event. Ask for details.

To give members and partners an opportunity to promote their vision and services within the steel and SCI communities, SCI is offering sponsorship packages for the SCI Annual Event to be held in London on November 14th.

Sponsorship packages will give sponsors pre- and post-event exposure to thousands of steel professionals, as well as publicity on the day.

If you are interested in learning more about new SCI sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sandi Gentle.

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Designing in stainless steel

Tuesday 26 September 2017, Imperial College London

Stainless steel is used for a wide range of structural applications in aggressive environments where reliable performance over long periods with little maintenance is required. In addition, stainless steel has an attractive appearance, is strong yet still light, highly ductile and versatile in terms of manufacturing.

This one day seminar will launch the Fourth Edition of the Design Manual for Structural Stainless Steel and will equip engineers with the skills necessary to design structural stainless steel in accordance with current European design practice. Each delegate will receive a copy of this new publication.

Topics to be covered include:
• Material and mechanical properties
• Recent case studies
• Designing members and connections
• Fire resistance

Cost: £50

Timings: 10.00-16.00 (TBC)

CPD certificates available upon request

Refreshments: Lunch & Coffee

The seminar is part of PUREST (Promotion of new Eurocode rules for structural stainless steel), a European dissemination project funded by the Research Fund for Coal and Steel.

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SMiRT-24, August 20-25, 2017, BEXCO/Centum Hotel, Busan, Korea. Hosted by KNS and KPVP.

Bassam Burgan will be presenting at the Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology 24 event in August.

For more information on this conference go to the SMiRT-24 website.


CCV111, 8th International Conference on Composite Construction in Steel and Concrete, 30 July – 2 August 2017, Wyoming USA.

Bassam Burgan, SCI Director will be presenting at the 8th International Conference on Composite Construction in Steel and Concrete.

For more information on this conference go to the CCV11 website.



SCI People

Sandi Gentle, Membership Manager

Previously Sandi worked within the ophthalmic and optometric industry. Celebrating her 21st year at SCI she now manages the smooth running of SCI’s training provision to the steel community, publication sales and SCI’s membership. Sandi says even through uncertain times it’s good to see companies joining as SCI Members recognising the support membership can offer. The enjoyment of the Membership role comes from talking to potential and current SCI members, ensuring they receive the support they need and building good relationships along the way.





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SCI Publications

P394 Publication P385 Publication P355 Publication

Wind actions to
BS EN 1991-1-4 (P394)
This publication guides structural engineers through the process of establishing design wind actions for orthodox steel framed buildings in the UK, in accordance with the Eurocodes, UK National Annexes and other authoritative information.

Design of steel beams in torsion (P385) This publication explains the basic behaviour of beams in torsion and provides formulae and graphs for evaluating the effects of torsion.

Design of composite beams with large web openings (P355) Composite floor beams in multi-storey construction can achieve long spans and openings in the web of the steel section facilitating service integration within the structural zone.


SCI New Members

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A new Midlands Hospital framed by Caunton

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Lindapter’s Type AF Clamps used for Securing Subsea Platform

Atlantis Resources is pioneering the development of tidal power, as the most reliable, economic form of renewable energy. Lindapter clamps were specified for securing a steel platform onto a turbine foundation - the MeyGen tidal stream project.

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