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SCI CONNECT – December

We produced nine new publications and related tools, covering such diverse topics as brittle fracture (P419), another phase of the 'Orange Book' resistance tables including S460 steel, resistance tables for stainless steel members in accordance with U.S. standards (P420), thermal bridging (P410 and 411), a design manual for structural stainless steel (P413), and the design of connections to cast-in plates (P416). We also produced the second in our series of joint publications with ECCS concerning the design of joints in accordance with EN1993-1-8, and produced a new Steel Bridge Group publication containing guidance on the completion of Appendix 18/1 for bridge specifications (P418).

We completed a number of long term projects, including three that were supported by RFCS (European research funding, so a concern for the future) concerning twin-skin composite solutions for nuclear facilities and blast resistant structures, and slip resistant connections. We completed a complementary project on twin-skin composites this year supported by Innovate U.K., and are seeking to take this work further, including towards acceptance in Eurocode 4, next year. We also reached another milestone in our longest running 'project' with the release of Cellbeam v10.3.1 B170 this month.

We ran 12 webinars covering a range of topics including frame stability, modular construction, design of portal frames, and light gauge steel construction and one guest webinar presented by ArcelorMittal.

We answered over 1000 technical advisory questions, and in so-doing saved time, prevented mistakes, solved disputes, 'found an answer' and potentially saved some disasters for our members.

We welcomed 15 new members.

And last but not least we employed two new members of staff - Callum Heavens who graduated from Cambridge University earlier in the year, and Hayley Burns who is our new Office and Personnel Manager.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our members and clients for their support and wish you all a happy and successful 2018.

Merry Christmas from all at SCI
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Sigmat SFS Infill System

The Sigmat SFS Infill System uses cold-formed steel sections to form external wall panels which are used within both steel and concrete-framed buildings.

Through its SCI Assessed scheme, the SCI has assessed the technical performance data and design process for the Sigmat SFS Infill System. The design process is in accordance with the requirements of EN 1993-1-3 and includes consideration of eccentric loading caused by the weight of attached cladding systems. The structural performance of base tracks and slotted head tracks have been derived from testing.

In addition to SCI Assessed for their SFS Infill system, Sigmat also hold SCI/NHBC Stage 1 certification for their load-bearing light gauge steel frame system. Sigmat provide a complete service including; Design, Manufacture, Assembly and Installation.

More details on SCI assessment schemes are available on the SCI Assessed website.

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New SCI Publication – The Design of Cast-In plates (416)
Pre-order your hard copy now.

Building structures are frequently designed with concrete lift and stair cores surrounded by Steel beams and columns. The beams are supported by steel plates cast into the concrete core walls.

This new guide discusses the technical issues involved in connecting the steel and concrete elements together. A model and a procedure for the design of cast-in plates is proposed including the allocation of design responsibility. The guide includes example calculations.

Pre-order your hard copy now.
SCI members: £22.50 + P&P
Non Members: £45.00 + P&P

The Design of Cast-In Plates (P416)

SCI is recruiting – Principal Engineer

Our 2018 order book means we currently have an opportunity for one or more principal engineers to join our team. We seek applicants who have good quality degrees and five to ten years of previous experience in the steel construction sector. Because of our role in disseminating information we place a high level of importance on the ability to write clear and concise English as well as the ability to make high quality technical presentations.

For more information see the SCI website.

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Essential Steelwork Design 2 day course
Wednesday 24 & 25 January 2018, London

This 2 day course introduces the concepts and principles of steel building design, before explaining in detail the methods employed by Eurocode 3 for designing members in bending, compression and tension. Load combinations, frame stability, brittle fracture and connection design are also covered. The methods are illustrated through a series of worked examples and workshops.

Having attended this course you will:

  • understand the principles of steel building design;
  • be able to confidently specify steel for building purposes;
  • be familiar with the key clauses in EC3 for member and frame design.


SCI Members £320.00 + VAT
Non Member rate £400.00 + VAT

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Publication P399

The Design of Cast-In Plates (P416) Available in hard copy soon. This guide discusses the technical issues involved in connecting the steel and concrete elements together. Pre-order your hard copy now.

Publication P399

Brittle Fracture: Selection of steel sub-grade to BS EN 1993-1-10 (P419) This guide presents limiting thickness for internal and external steelwork in the UK when fatigue is not a design consideration.

Publication P401

Steel Bridge Group: Completion of Appendix 18/1 (P418) This publication provides guidance on the completion of 'Appendix 18/1' document to be used in conjunction with the specifications for steelwork issued by Highways England and Network Rail.

SCI People

Dr Bassam Burgan has been appointed a Guest Professor of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, of South China University of Technology, where he recently presented at the International Safety Culture Week.

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REIDsteel rebuilds hurricane-hit Caribbean

A STRUCTURAL steel company which specialises in disaster-proof buildings is set to play a major role in the reconstruction of hurricane-hit Caribbean islands.

REIDsteel has designed, manufactured and supplied hundreds of buildings in the Caribbean and Central America over the past century, including churches, granaries, schools, industrial units, aircraft hangars and bridges.

Sales Manager Mike Chappell has recently returned from a fact-finding trip to the British Virgin Islands and Antigua where he saw the devastation first hand. Mike met business and community leaders as well as government ministers.

REIDsteel rebuilds hurricane-hit Caribbean
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Caunton will be contributing to the construction of EDF Energy's Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.

The company has been awarded the contract to provide a structural frame for a factory building at Bristol Port, Avonmouth, which will be used to manufacture precast concrete tunnel segments.

The segments will form the tunnels to carry cooling water for the power station. Three tunnel structures are required, two intake and one outfall. These will be constructed approximately 20m beneath the sea bed. Caunton will be involved in the construction of the factory that will make the tunnel segments, which weigh between 4.2 and 4.8 tonnes each.

The steel frame for the building is being designed, manufactured and erected by Caunton. It will be 14.5m in height and will be 36m wide by 150m long. Caunton is responsible for not only the near 500te steel frame but the cladding and the doors. The design is to EC3 to accommodate the crane loadings.

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Offsite starts on site for Nottingham extra care facility

Work started on site last week (commencing 11th December) for the installation of Fusion Building Systems' offsite light gauge steel superstructure at the new Winwood Heights development in Sherwood, Nottingham.

Contracted by Willmott Dixon for Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council's new retirement village in the north of the city, Fusion's patented panelised system will be used to erect a four-storey, 44-home development over the next 16 weeks.

Working as an established supply chain partner for Willmott Dixon, Fusion's light gauge steel system was chosen for the project due to its rapid speed of erection compared to traditional building methods, its practicalities for working within a confined, city centre site and the flexibility of the system to enable intricate structures and architectural features to be engineered within its design.

Offsite starts on site for Nottingham extra care facility
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