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SCI CONNECT – June 2018

SCI is a partner in a European project to disseminate new design information about the performance of steel structures in localised fires, aiming to enhance the competitiveness of steel structures.

Prescriptive rules for fire design typically assume a fully engulfed compartment with a uniform temperature throughout the space, which can be particularly onerous for large compartments. However, based on recent fire tests carried out in Belgium and the UK, a more comprehensive design model has been developed to determine the temperature rise in a steel column due to a localised fire. The use of this performance-based approach for assessing structural fire resistance will usually lead to a reduction in the cost of fire protection compared to that required by a prescriptive approach.

A new SCI Design Guide 'Design of columns subject to localised fires' which describes this design model will be launched at a one day seminar in London on 27 September. The Guide is supported by freely available software for determining the temperature rise of a steel member in a localised fire.

The seminar will give an introduction to structural engineers on how to design a steel structure to withstand a fire. Both simplified and advanced fire engineering methods will be presented in the context of the Structural Eurocodes, as well as the new model for localised fires. Case studies showing the application of fire engineering in recent projects will be presented. Further information is available here.

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Steel Connection Design Straight to the point in Eurocode Design
03 July 18 (Half day course)
Steel Connection Design Wind actions and Snow Loads to BS EN 1991
03 July 19 (Half day course)
Steel Connection Design Design of low/medium rise steel framed buildings against external explosions Webinar
10 & 11 July
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SDS/2 Connection design

SCI has completed a project to review the SDS/2 connection design software - making sure that the software conforms to Eurocode design rules and the UK National Annex. The software is widely used in other parts of the world the-challenge was to ensure that (our sometimes unique!) UK practice and design approaches are followed.

SDS/2 software automatically designs connections with their necessary materials, bolts, holes and welds as members are input by users. The software takes an intelligent approach in its connection design by considering framing conditions and erectability, automatically performing clash prevention as a part of the connection design. More details of the software can be found at https://sds2.com

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Design of Low to Medium Rise Buildings against External Explosions

SCI's new design guide "Design of Low to Medium Rise Buildings against External Explosions" provides recommendations and advice for structural design against explosions associated with industrial accidents where the blast impacts the whole (or large areas) of the building's elevation. This is distinguished from explosions caused by terrorist attacks or internal accidental explosions where, whilst the damage may be localised, it can nevertheless have a disproportionate effect in the absence of a robust building design.

Designing a building for explosion resistance requires that the blast overpressures which could result from an explosion be quantified, the blast actions on the building due to these overpressures be calculated, structural performance criteria be set, structural response be calculated and the building structure be verified to resist these actions within the performance criteria.

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Steel Training in Kenya

In collaboration with the Doshi Group, SCI has recently completed a series of webinars on steel design to BS 5950 for designers in Kenya (and neighbouring countries). Concrete is the common construction material, but the advantages of longer spans, smaller columns (more lettable space) and smaller foundations are of interest to developers and structural designers.

In Kenya, hot rolled members are generally only the lightest weight in any serial size; long spans are fabricated from castellated beams. Cold formed hollow sections are readily available from the Doshi Group. Some multi-storey steel buildings are constructed, with the opportunity to grow the market for steel structures.

The webinar technology worked well (excellent broadband in Kenya) and the presentations were appreciated. It is hoped that further support might be offered, perhaps including a conference and training event at some future date.

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Events, Courses and Webinars

BILT (Building infrastructure lifecycle supported by technology)

Ricardo Pimentel, SCI, will be attending BILT (Building infrastructure lifecycle supported by technology) Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 11-13th October. See the event program here.

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UK Steel Construction Day 2018: Transforming Construction: Using steel to deliver greater productivity Thursday 8th November 2018, London

The UK government recognises that transformation in construction techniques is needed to dramatically improve efficiency in the future construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure. Steel is already ideally placed to meet these aims. Recent projects taken from different sectors of the steel construction industry will showcase how steel solutions deliver cost, time and energy savings through innovations in manufacturing and digital technologies.

£50.00 + VAT Members | £100.00 + VAT Members

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UK Steel Construction Day 2018: Transforming Construction: Using steel to deliver greater productivity
Thursday 8th November 2018, London

New Half Day Course - Straight to the Point in Eurocode Design Tuesday 3 July, Leicester

This four hour course is delivered using practical numerical examples. It covers the design of beams and columns in simple (braced) construction, using the Blue Book. The course is aimed at designers of orthodox structures where the resistance tables are the preferred way of selecting members. Each delegate will receive a personal copy of the Blue Books - Steel Building Design; Design Data (P363) (RRP £80.00)

SCI Mem £130.00 + VAT | Non-Mem £160.00 + VAT

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New half day course - Wind Actions and Snow Loads to BS EN 1991. Tuesday 3rd July, Leicester.

This four hour course will cover the calculation of wind actions and snow loads in accordance with the Eurocodes and the UK National Annexes, including drifted snow and special provisions for imposed loading and snow loading on roofs - which affect portal frame design in particular.

SCI Mem £130.00 + VAT | Non-Mem £160.00 + VAT

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Fire design of steel Structures Thursday 27th September 2018, London

This one day course will give an introduction to structural engineers on how to design a steel structure to withstand a fire. Both simplified and advanced fire engineering methods will be presented in the context of the Structural Eurocodes. Case studies showing the application of fire engineering in recent projects will be presented.

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Fire design of steel Structures
Publications
Resistance of beams & columns in fire: Worked examples to the Eurocodes (P403)

Resistance of beams & columns in fire: Worked examples to the Eurocodes (P403) This guide presents two examples of building types; a two storey structure, demonstrating resistance of protected and unprotected members and a seven storey structure, which demonstrates calculation of resistance of a composite beam.

Fire resistance design of steel framed buildings (P375)

Fire resistance design of steel framed buildings (P375) This guide provides a general overview of the fire design of steel and composite structures in accordance with the Eurocodes, introducing the basis of design for fire situations and the criteria that need to be met. It explains how to determine the heat flux transferred to the members and how to determine their resistance at elevated temperatures.

 Structural robustness of steel framed buildings (P391)

Structural robustness of steel framed buildings (P391) This publication provides design guidance and six worked examples 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.

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Previously Sandi worked within the ophthalmic and optometric industry. Celebrating her 21st year at SCI she now manages the smooth running of SCI's training provision to the steel community, publication sales and SCI's membership. Sandi says even through uncertain times it's good to see companies joining as SCI Members recognising the support membership can offer. The enjoyment of the Membership role comes from talking to potential and current SCI members, ensuring they receive the support they need and building good relationships along the way.

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