Earlier this year, the Steel Construction Development Association, SCDA (Moscow), an SCI Member, organised the first Steel2Real ’16 competition. The purpose of the competition is to encourage upcoming architects and engineers to learn more about and gain confidence in design in steel. The scope of this year’s competition (which will now run annually) was the design of a multi-storey residential building as part of a pre-defined masterplan. The two prize winners were treated to a visit to London this September, accompanied by the Association’s Head of Engineering Department, Alexey Yakovlev. As part of this visit, they were introduced to the work of SCI and attended presentations on best practice in composite construction and use of steel in residential buildings. They also visited a number of landmark steel framed buildings and current high rise steel construction projects in London.
SCDA was established in 2014 following a series of consultations with Russian industry and advice from SCI. It is a member organisation with membership that spans the steel construction supply chain. Its aim is to encourage the greater use of steel through engineering services to help convert projects from concrete to steel, scientific and educational activity and through contributing to regulations and standards.