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SCI is pleased to announce the publication of three new SCI Eurocode guides P361 (Introduction), P362 (Concise guide) and P364 (Worked examples - Open sections). Originally published in 2009, these three guides have been revised and updated to reflect the latest thinking on the Eurocodes and lessons learned over the last decade. They also reflect that S355 is now the default structural steel grade in the UK and the growing use of S460.

P361 offers a general overview of design to the Eurocodes. This revised edition reflects the amendments made since 2009 and includes a more detailed explanation of the requirements of the Building Regulations, and other constraints, that a designer must consider when choosing which design code to use. This has been added in recognition that a full changeover to Eurocodes, if indeed it ever fully happens, has so far been slower than anticipated.

P362 provides a concise compilation of selected rules in the Eurocodes, together with relevant non-contradictory complementary information, that relate to the design of common forms of steel building structure in the UK.

The concepts and rules from P361 and P362 are applied in 21 revised worked examples within P364. Experience from SCI's Technical Advisory Service suggests that designers find worked examples useful to gain a better understanding of the application of Eurocode concepts. The design examples cover S355 and S460 steel and illustrate the use of Eurocode 3 and 4 for the design of structural open section members and connections. In addition, the guides reflect the latest guidance available particularly in composite construction and fracture toughness.

Preparation of these revised guides was jointly funded by SCI and ArcelorMittal Europe, whose contribution is gratefully acknowledged. SCI members will shortly be receiving hardcopies of P361 and P362 and P364 will follow shortly, electronic versions will be available on Steelbiz.

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SCI Wins Major European Project

SCI is pleased to have won a new major European project which entails the design and construction of a replica of safety critical building used on nuclear power generation sites. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the impact of using offsite modular construction on project schedule, cost and quality. The project will examine the effect of design decisions on fabrication and construction, the extent to which fabrication methodologies can deliver the design intent, the effect of practical fabrication on achievable tolerances and site assembly and the effect of operating conditions on material choice and welding methods. The proposed modular form which will be used in the construction is steel-concrete-steel (referred to as SC) construction which comprises two steel plates connected by a grid of tie bars and infilled with concrete. The building specification will ensure that the design can meet the exacting standards of design, fabrication and construction of not only Generation II and III reactors, but also the requirements of the new Generation IV fast breeder reactors. The structural design of the building will be performed using rules developed in the recently completed European project (SCIENCE) which was led and coordinated by SCI.

This new project (SCHEDULE) which is also led and coordinated by SCI was won against very stiff competition. It was one of three proposals selected for funding out of a total of over 70 construction related proposals this year.

Contact: Bassam Burgan.

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The SCI offers bespoke in-house training, which can enhance your workforce knowledge to provide a competitive edge. It is a cost effective way of providing training to all staff at the same time, either at a central location or across multiple offices.

Previous requests for training have ranged between general advice on how to avoid common design pitfalls, to very focused guidance to help understand specific issues related to a forthcoming or on-going project. The majority or our training support includes hands-on examples.

We would be happy to talk to you if you have any questions relating to any type of training support you and/or your company may require.


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Bridges 2018, 14 March 2018, Ricoh Arena, Coventry

The Steel Bridge Group and SCI member ArcelorMittal will both be sharing a stand (B06) at Bridges 2018. For more information visit Bridges 2018.

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SCI is sponsoring the Best Use of Steel Award at the 2018 Offsite Awards. The 2018 Offsite Construction Awards will be hosted in the main arena at Ecobuild on 06 March 2018. For more information visit Offsite Awards.

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Steel Building Design: Introduction to the Eurocodes (P361) Revised edition For designers using the Eurocodes for the first time, this publication offers an overview of the Eurocode standards and national annexes that implement them.

Steel Building Design: Concise Eurocodes (P362) Revised edition

Steel Building Design: Concise Eurocodes (P362) Revised edition This guide cuts through the apparent complexity of the Eurocodes for steel design, and provides the designer with a digestible approach to common tasks.

Steel Building Design: Worked Examples - Open Sections (P364)

Steel Building Design: Worked Examples - Open Sections (P364) Revised edition - Coming Soon For designers of steel building structures in the UK, this publication offers a series of worked examples of design to the Eurocodes.



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Jane Burrell, Training Administrator Jane has been with the SCI since 2008, and looks after SCI's courses, seminars and webinars. Since joining SCI Jane has seen the number of public courses that SCI run increase year on year, particularly since the introduction of our very popular members' monthly webinar series. Webinars deliver technical overviews and introductions to a broad range of subjects, and in many cases are complemented by full one day courses or in-house training. Jane is always happy to answer any questions you may have on your different types of training requirements.

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Caunton supplying steelwork for major new sports complex in York

Caunton have been awarded the contract for a new £46 million community stadium, cinema and leisure complex in York. The contract has been awarded by main contractor Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd who are to build the York Stadium Leisure Complex. The stadium comprises four stands, and is projected to have an all-seated capacity of 8,113 and will be home to York's professional football and rugby league clubs.

Adjoining the stadium will be the leisure complex, which will include a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool, a sports hall for netball, badminton and basketball, a gym with dance and spinning studios, an adventure sports zone and three 3G five-a-side pitches. A community hub will house health and well-being services for York residents and visitors, including clinical services and a new explore library. The cinema involves a 13-screen cinema, including a giant Imax screen.

Caunton are to design and supply over 3000 tonnes of steelwork for this important and exciting development

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Lindapter clamping systems were specified for Shell's gas plant in Bacton, Norfolk.

The site required multiple improvements and upgrades in order to prolong the life of the facility to gain three more decades of production. The first phase of the project involved the crucial replacement of a dilapidated roof on the main administration building.

At the bidding stage, the Main Contractor, Munnings Construction Limited, set about designing out all hot works from the project. Through their regional supplier, Hubble & Co Limited, Lindapter's technical engineers were contacted for advice. Lindapter's free connection design service provided drawings so that the proposed connection details could be included in the bid. Munnings Construction quickly received 2D and 3D drawings of the truss to rafter assemblies, which clearly showed the Lindapter clamping systems and how the on-site hot works was omitted. The tender review committee were impressed when they saw the detailed bid which eliminated the need for welding, especially because it had originally been specified by the Engineers as ‘welded on-site'.

Lindapter clamping systems were specified for Shell's gas plant in Bacton, Norfolk.
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REIDsteel is key player in $32.9m civic centre opening

A multi-million-dollar civic centre constructed from prefabricated steel sections manufactured 5,000 miles away in Dorset is set to open in the heart of Belize City.

Christchurch-based REIDsteel has performed the structural design, detailing and fabrication, including the cladding and glazing, for the landmark project in the Central American country.

The Belize Civic Center, costing $32.9m Belize Dollars (£12.7m), is due to be officially opened early this year.

It includes an air-conditioned arena with a seating capacity of 4,500 for sports and entertainment. The complex includes international standard basketball and volleyball courts, practice courts, offices, media boxes, changing rooms, parking and a deck area for boats to dock.

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Poole company shaping Dubai's skyline

Steel firm SMD has completed a major contract worth more than £1 million to help build twin skyscrapers in Dubai.

The Dorset-based company shipped more than 100,000 sq m of steel decking to the United Arab Emirates for the job.

Dubai's Tiara United Towers is a development of two 46-storey towers with the structure reaching 193m (633ft).

The two towers will house 50,500 sq m of office space and a 5-star 370 room hotel once complete.

SMD, which has a satellite office in Dubai and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017, has been working on the project since 2016.

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