Eurocode steel designers will be well aware of Mcr, - it must be calculated en route to the lateral torsional buckling resistance. Formulas exist for simple situations, but for more complex arrangements, software is the way forward. SCI has just completed a significant upgrade of the assessment tool on which has now been released. The new version allows full flexibility to define supports, restraints and loading to reflect complex arrangements. Intermediate supports and restraints may be defined at any position along the member, at a user-defined position from the shear centre. Point loads, distributed loads and moments may also be applied at any position, as illustrated below. This gives the user the means to assess a member with a non-standard loading arrangement, perhaps with intermittent restraints to (for example) one flange only. To assess this type of complex arrangement, software is the only realistic option. Members may be UB or UC, or defined by dimensions or by properties, so fabricated sections may be modelled. Defining members by dimensions allows the user to assess tapered members which vary in height over the length of the segment. Comprehensive output is reported, which may be printed or exported to other applications. This new tool is freely available at



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SCI Courses

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21 February 2017 – Webinar
Essential Steelwork Design  Steel Connection Design
28 February 2017 – Darlington
Steel Connection Design Essential Steelwork Design – 2 days
7 & 8 March 2017 - Manchester



Call for experts for Phase 2 of the evolution of the Structural Eurocodes

A public call for experts to join Project Teams to draft the 2nd generation of Structural Eurocodes (EN 1990 – EN 1999) was launched in December 2016.

Please consider whether you have the right expertise in steel construction to get involved in this important activity by applying to join one of the following Eurocode 3 project teams:

EN 1993-1-2 Fire design of Steel Structures
EN 1993-1-3 Cold-formed members and sheeting
EN 1993-1-5 Stability of Plated Structural Elements
EN 1993-1-6 and EN 1993-1-7 Shells and Similar Structures

The call closes on 6 February 2017 at 5pm CET.

All the details are available at:





SCI/NHBC System Certification

As reported in the November 2016 Issue of Connect, the SCI/NHBC Stage 1 System Certification for light steel framing systems has seen an increase in demand over recent months and this month there are three new certifications to report. More details are available from the SCI Assessed website.

Steel Formed Sections Ltd

Steel Formed Sections Ltd are based in County Monaghan in Ireland and have received SCI/NHBC Stage 1 System Certification for their light steel frame system applicable for residential buildings up to 5 storeys.

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Newton Steel Framing Ltd

Newton Steel Framing Ltd have received SCI/NHBC Stage 1 System Certification for their light steel frame system suitable for residential buildings up to 11 storeys. The system can also be used for infill wall systems and modular units.

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Caledan Ltd

Welsh based steel framing company Caledan Ltd have received SCI/NHBC Stage 1 System Certification for their light steel frame system which is for residential buildings up to 11 storeys.

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SIMULIA UK 2016 Regional User Conference

SCI’s principal engineer Anqi Chen, has been awarded the ROB LACEY AWARD for his paper submitted to the SIMULIA UK 2016 Regional User Conference. Anqi’s paper was entitled “Advanced numerical analysis of instrument boxes and ISO container subjected to blast loading from vapour cloud detonations”.

The Rob Lacey Award was named after Rob Lacey who in his mid-thirties and whilst working for SIMULIA UK lost his battle with illness. His colleagues set up this award following his death for his contribution to the company and ABAQUS community. Anqi and SCI are honoured to have received this award.

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New Technical Digest 2016

At the NSC (New Steel Construction Journal) editorial board meeting held in November 2016, it was suggested that for the SCI technical articles that appear monthly in the NSC journal it would be useful to keep all these article together as a separate ‘go to’ resource.

Following on from the feedback we are pleased to announce that a Technical Digest containing all the 2016 technical articles have now been produced as a PDF document and the digest is available to download at; NSC Technical Digest.





SCI Membership

Membership renewal notifications have just been sent out to SCI’s members. This membership offers support to companies and individuals in a number of ways.

For Corporate and Sole Trader members benefits include; access to SCI’s expert team through the Advisory Service, which can help save you time and more importantly money by addressing your technical queries. This member service saw a 2.3% increase in the 9 month period from April – Dec 2016.

Ever popular are our free 1 hour monthly lunchtime technical webinars, which present the latest developments in steel construction. A full list of webinars is available on our website. SCI’s technical resources, including SCI Publications, are available to download at our information site

We also offer our Corporate and Sole Trader members the opportunity to promote their news free of charge through our e-newsletter, and news can be disseminated via media channels and the NSC Journal.

Please ensure that your renewals are paid promptly to avoid loss of your benefits.

Not a Member? To find out how SCI can support your business contact the membership team on: + 44 (0) 1344 636544





New delivery software for Webinars

Over the last few years our technical webinars for Corporate and Sole Trader members have been delivered using ‘Live Meeting’. This software has now become unsupported, and we have seen an increasing number of our members experience problems in viewing.

Following investigation into various packages we have chosen WebEx as the new software to deliver our Webinars from March 2017. The software is free to download, however unlike “live Meeting” there is a viewing restriction limited to the first 100 registrations per session. To accommodate this and to avoid our members missing out, we will be running an additional webinar per month giving everyone the opportunity to view. If you register on behalf of a group then this is classed as one registration and the process will remain unchanged. Jane Burrell will be sending further details to viewers in February so that everyone is prepared to view the March webinar.

To see our forthcoming Member Technical Webinars visit the SCI website.



Events/courses and webinars

Our guest webinar on 17th January was a presentation made by ForestBrown. The presentation was entitled: “Is your innovation worth more than you realise”.

The speakers delivered information on how to ascertain if your company is eligible to claim tax credits for product innovation. For members who were unable to attend the webinar we are able to provide a copy of the presentation. Please contact Jane Burrell for a copy.

In-house training
As well as delivering monthly technical webinars to our members, and providing public courses throughout the UK, SCI are able to provide training to companies at their chosen location. Content for these courses can be provided to complement specific project needs or overall company training requirements, including graduate training schemes.

Contact Jane Burrell to discuss any training requirements.

For a full list of all SCI courses/events or webinars see our events listing webpage.



SCI People

Melanie Baird, Membership Administrator, SCI

Melanie joined SCI in May 2015, her previous roles included 15 years of sales and marketing experience gained in various account and product management roles at BOC Ltd. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Melanie is the first point of contact if you call or email our membership department, and you may have met her at our ArcelorMittal and SCI Annual Events.

As well as looking after current SCI members if you have any questions about becoming an SCI member Melanie will be happy to talk to you.

Email: Tel: +44 (0) 1344 636509.


SCI Publications

P403 P375 ED016

Resistance of beams & columns in fire: Worked examples to the Eurocodes (P403) This design guidance covers the resistance of beams and columns in Fire and presents two numerical worked examples demonstrating the calculation of the critical temperature and resistance at elevated temperature.

Fire resistance design of steel framed buildings (P375) This design guide provides a general overview of the fire design of steel and composite structures in accordance with the Eurocodes, introduces the basis of design for fire situations and the criteria that need to be met.

Fire Safety of Light Steel Construction (ED016) This free information Sheet describes the benefits of light steel construction in relation to fire safety, both during the construction phase and when the building is complete.


SCI New Members

SCI would like to welcome new member;

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SCI Members in the News

Caunton Engineering awarded RISQS Accreditation

Caunton Engineering are pleased to announce they have been awarded the Certificate of Verification by Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS).

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