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SCI CONNECT – December 2019

We're going into another year and I'm still left wondering what next year will bring for the UK! Having stated this time last year that we were 'not quite there yet' I'm also left wondering just how long it will take us to get UKAS accreditation for our Product Certification Scheme. I hope we will really be there by spring 2020, and indeed we are already progressing certification with four clients.

At a recent meeting in Europe I was struck that 'significant' research is still being funded by industry and government related organisations on the continent, whereas in the UK it feels as though we have answered most of the fundamental questions already. Having got market share to the high levels we enjoy, there is a different motivation, with spend more focused on developing proprietary solutions. An exception seems to be the area of high performance, not just high strength, steels. This is an area where our expertise is recognised around the world.

One area that is of interest in the UK is offsite construction. We are close to completing our client and design guides for 'integrated offsite modules' - work funded by Innovate UK. The solutions we propose will not be radical enough for some, certainly not 'disruptive', but for me that is a bonus. They can provide real benefits now, without a need to change supply chains, contracts etc as well as the 'technology'. We hope our scheme ideas will be adopted, and keep steel at the forefront of construction.

We have continued to be heavily involved in development of the next generation of Eurocodes. Although this process often seems painfully slow, we are getting near to a time when new rules will be 'voted on'. So whilst they may not appear in revised codes for another few years, they could be a source of authoritative new material that we can exploit in the UK. We are developing plans to ensure that UK industry can be early adopters of beneficial changes.

So whilst it has been a frustrating year in some ways, it has also been surprisingly positive. I hope 2019 has been the same for you and your business. And as we look forward to the changes 2020 will bring for the UK, I will take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year from all at SCI
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SCI releases first software module of EMBlast

SCI has just released the first software module of EMBlast, its energetic materials blast load software. The software was released to the members of the Energetic Materials Blast Information Group (EMBIG), which has now been in existence for two years.

Shortly after its formation, the group members identified a need for software to calculate blast effects on structures because methods that are available to civilian organisations are often limited to simple legacy software developed by the US Military in the 1960s and 70s. These codes are automated versions of empirical formulae found in US Military manuals. They provide rapid results but require an understanding of the underlying methods to be used effectively and within their limits of application. These software codes were written for what are now obsolete operating systems (e.g. MS-DOS), hence are difficult to run and not user friendly. The US Department of Defence considers many of them to be classified and only licenses them to US contractors so their use by civilian organisations in the UK could be without the necessary licences.

EMBlast performs blast calculations for all the high explosives covered in ISO/FDIS 16933:2007 using TNT equivalence as well as user-customisable explosives. The completed free-field module covers hemispherical surface bursts on hard and soft ground, spherical free-air bursts and spherical above ground bursts. It generates graphical and numerical reports of incident and reflected pressure and impulse time-history. It also calculates peak incident and reflected pressure, impulse and arrival time as a function of range for multiple target points.

Work will commence in the new year on the development of the next two modules dealing with blast loads on structures and internal detonations.

The group members currently include: The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), BAE Systems, Ministry of Defence, The Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure (CPNI), The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Chemring Countermeasures, Thornton Tomasetti, DNVGL, Aibara Associates Ltd, Patrick Mann & Associates, ColMor Consulting and 8065 Limited.

For EMBIG membership inquiries please contact: For further information, please contact Bassam Burgan.

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From January SCI members can now keep up to date with Advisory desk updates. SCI will be launching a new member service whereby members can receive fortnightly update notifications straight to your desk. The notifications will provide information on technical updates, keeping members up-to-date with latest technical information.

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SCI Advisory Questions and Answers

SCI offers support, for Sole Traders and Corporate Members, through our Advisory Desk Service. Questions and Answers which we feel are pertinent to the wider Member audience are published anonymously to the SCI Information Portal.

This month our published question is about; Use of material not covered by a product standard

Question: Can I use material that is not covered by a product standard listed in the execution standard BS EN 1090-2 for structural design to EC3?

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SCI Courses, Webinars and Events

Next SCI Member webinar

Design of Slimfloor composite beams

This webinar will give an overview of composite slimfloor beam design in accordance with the Eurocodes. Construction stage and normal stage verifications will be covered.

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Realising the Steel Design,  10 December 2019.

SCI Steel Building Design to EC3 Course, 30 January 2020, Birmingham

This one-day course will equip an engineer with:

  • An overview of the Eurocode suite design document, and the critical importance of the National Annex
  • A good understanding of the important ULS and SLS load combinations
  • A good understanding of the key parts of
    BS EN 1993-1-1
  • A set of numerical examples covering frame stability, axial resistance, LTB and combined axial load and bending
  • A good understanding of connection design to
    BS EN 1993-1-8

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Acoustic detailing for steel construction (P372)

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Design of floors for vibration. A new approach - revised edition (P354)

Design of floors for vibration. A new approach - revised edition (P354) This publication presents guidance for assessing the vibration behaviour of floors in steel framed buildings caused by pedestrian traffic. It has particular relevance to composite floors. It describes the phenomenon in both general and technical terms, contains a background commentary and specific design recommendations.

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Light Steel Framing in Residential Construction (P402)

Light Steel Framing in Residential Construction (P402) This publication provides information and guidance on the construction of light steel frames in general applications for residential construction, which includes single family houses and apartments. Light steel framing systems use galvanized cold formed steel sections as the primary structural components, which can be assembled as prefabricated panels.

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