Since 1975 the British Group of IABSE (the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering) has held a two-day colloquium in Cambridge. The purpose of the event is to exchange views on a structural engineering theme of topical importance.

The theme of this year’s colloquium, held at Christ’s College in July and organised by Arup, was the circular economy.

Michael Sansom of SCI, attended the colloquium along with 25 invited participants from academia and across the structural engineering sector.

The informal programme was devised to help understand the challenges and advance the thinking of how structural engineers can contribute to delivering a more circular, built environment. Sessions addressed the need for change, design issues, the major structural materials and the challenges and opportunities of existing built assets.

The high level drivers of global population growth, increasing consumption and finite resources are compelling and new and arguably fundamental change is needed to deliver more circular economic models which decouple resource consumption from economic growth. As a significant consumer of material resources, the construction industry, both buildings and infrastructure, has a vital role to play.

A paper summarising the Colloquium will be made available on the IABSE website at

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Assessment or Certification?

Regulatory changes, a buoyant market and constant technical improvements to products and services all signal an increased need to differentiate products in the marketplace. SCI provides unbiased independent third party assessment and certification for steel construction products and systems, through SCI Assessed and NHBC Certification Scheme.

The scope of SCI Assessed is wide ranging in both the type of products and systems that it can cover and the nature of the information that is assessed. The ‘SCI Assessed’ logo is awarded to testify that manufacturers’ technical data is accurate and that appropriate procedures (calculations and/or testing depending on the case) have been used to derive the data. The flexibility of the scheme is illustrated by the diversity of products that have achieved SCI Assessed status including: Eurocode connection design software, fibre reinforced composite slabs, load span tables for purlins, blind bolting fasteners, software for cellular beams, thermal break materials and steel piling systems.

SCI/NHBC Stage 1 System Certification is a scheme provided for manufacturers and suppliers of light steel framing systems for use in the residential sector. The scheme certifies that, if designed and built in accordance with the relevant (proprietary) light steel frame system manual, the system will comply with Chapter 6.10 ‘Light steel frame walls and floors’ of the NHBC standards.

Visit the SCI Assessed for a full list of companies who have either SCI Assessed or SCI/NHBC Stage 1 System Certification. 

Contact: Andrew Way.

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Thermal Breaks Ltd supply products to reduce thermal transmittance in structural applications. The SCI has assessed the technical performance data and recommended structural design guidance for the thermal break products; TekTherm AK200 and AK300HT from Thermal Breaks Ltd. The material properties which have been assessed and are supported by independent testing include: compressive strength, thermal conductivity, water absorption and long term creep. More details are available on the SCI Assessed website.

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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.


Designing in Stainless Steel

Tuesday 26th September 2017, Imperial College, London.

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. The seminar will demonstrate design versatility and highlighting procurement issues. Each delegate will receive a copy of this new publication.

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.

Cost to attend £50, refreshments included.

To register contact:

For more information go to SCI Courses.

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SAVE the Date – SCI Annual Event

Tuesday 14 November, Royal College of Physicians, London

This year the SCI’s Annual Event will look at The UK Steel Construction Market – Threats, Opportunities and Needs.

Watch the SCI website over the next couple of months for more details.

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SCI Staff training Day

On Thursday 13th July SCI staff travelled to Oxford for an afternoon training event, part of the afternoon included break out discussions on how to increase SCI’s support to Members and industry. Once the hard graft was over a good competitive game of rounder’s was won by David Brown’s team – or so he says!


SCI Publications

Publication p391 Publication p262 Publication p360

Structural Robustness of Steel Framed Buildings (P391) This publication provides design guidance for hot rolled steel framed buildings on the Eurocode strategies for structural robustness and designing for the avoidance of disproportionate collapse, as required by the UK Building Regulations.

Durability of Light Steel Framing in Residential Buildings (2nd Edition) P262 The Second Edition of this publication updates and extends the durability data and design life predictions for galvanized light steel framing presented in the First Edition.

Stability of Steel Beams and Columns (P360) This guide provides immediate practical guidance for both the common and the non-standard restraint conditions found in construction.


SCI New Members

SCI would like to welcome a new member;

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SCI Members in the News

REIDsteel wins contract to build £2.2million hangar at London Biggin Hill Airport

STEEL construction company REIDsteel has won a new contract to build a £2.2million hangar under ambitious expansion plans at London Biggin Hill Airport.

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Farmer and Fusion Collaborate on Offsite Futures

Mark Farmer, author of the acclaimed ‘Modernise or Die’ construction industry report and Fusion Building Systems, a national offsite light gauge steel superstructure manufacturer, met this week to discuss ways of developing new training and career opportunities within the offsite construction sector.

Taking their lead from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)’s report published in April ‘Faster, Smarter, More Efficient: Building Skills for Offsite Construction’, Farmer and Fusion reviewed the issues currently affecting the UK construction industry and discussed the routes which could be opened up to develop a skilled offsite workforce for the future.

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