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SCI CONNECT – January 2020

Light steel framing's popularity continues to grow as does the uptake of offsite construction in general. Key benefits of light steel framing are; quality, speed and cost making it ideal for many sectors of construction. SCI has provided technical support to the light steel sector for the last 25 years, and continues to do so in a number of ways.

SCI's involvement at committee level of the revisions to Eurocode Design of Steel Structures, Part 1.3 - Supplementary rules for cold-formed members and sheeting (also known as EN 1993-1-3) ensures that SCI are in a position to inform members and clients of up-to-date expected changes as they happen.

In a highly competitive commercial market demand from clients for proprietary technical product development has increased. Manufacturers and their customers engage SCI as an independent body to provide reassurance that appropriate procedures are followed with due consideration for all possible performance criteria.

The SCI's Light Steel Forum is a membership group whose primary objective is the technical development of light steel construction systems. The group produce and disseminate technical information to the industry, a recent example produced by the Forum is the SCI guidance Uninterrupted height of masonry cladding to light steel framing (P426) which provides free guidance on using continuous masonry cladding with light steel framing.

The work undertaken with industry partners has helped SCI to develop improved design guidance to enable the use of light steel framing in a wider range of applications and assessment of materials used in combination has lead to enhanced design efficiency.

Certification has always been a vital part of the construction industry with customers and specifiers needing to have confidence in the products being offered. The complexity and unique nature of many offsite construction systems, and the growing regulatory demands, mean that independent certification is increasingly important. SCI is able to offer different options to suit specific requirements: NHBC/SCI Stage 1 System Certification for light steel framing in accordance with NHBC Chapter 6.10. SCI Assessed certificates for a mixed and varied range of steel-based construction products. SCI offer a more comprehensive scheme called -SCI Product Certification- which can cover all the basic work requirements of the Construction Products Regulation. SCI are hoping to be able to announce the first companies and their products to successfully achieve SCI Product Certification within the next few months.

For more information about any of SCI's activities relating to light steel framing and offsite construction please visit the SCI website or contact Andrew Way.

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Offsite Integrated Solutions - Tuesday 4th Feb 2020.

This webinar is available for both SCI members and non-SCI members to view and is free to all.

Moving more work offsite makes construction quicker, safer, more precise, with reduced deliveries of individual components to site. With support from Innovate UK, SCI has been part of a project looking at what opportunities modern methods of construction offer. This webinar will present some of the solutions that have real opportunities to make a difference.

Register at the SCI Portal to view this webinar

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SCI Training provision - keeping up-to-date with latest developments

SCI have updated the list of courses and webinars being presented throughout 2020. The courses will keep attendees up-to-date with latest developments, the include our fundamental courses such as;

There are also some half day courses which are run on the same day, these provide the opportunity to either attend one of both.

This year we are pleased to return to Ireland in June to run our two day course Essential Steelwork Design in Dublin.

Our courses are presented by our SCI team who are experts in the subjects presented. All of our courses include worked examples, experience over the last 30 years has taught us that the worked examples help to emphasis the information presented.

Anyone attending an SCI course can request a CPD certificate.

For more information on our courses please view the course list and information regarding each course here

If you have specific training requirements please contact us to discuss:

SCI Training provision – keeping up-to-date with latest developments
Members in the News

Caunton Engineering celebrates fifty years of successful operations

Caunton Engineering began its structural steel operations 50 years ago in a former blacksmith's shop in the village of Caunton. Now half a century later it is a thriving business based in Moorgreen near Eastwood turning over £60m pa and employing over 250 men and women. Quite some achievement.

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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; Minimum flange width of Composite edge beams supporting precast planks

Question: SCI P401 indicates a minimum flange width determined by an edge distance of six times the diameter of a shear stud placed on the beam centre-line. What is this due to?

Please see the answer to all Advisory questions on the SCI Information Portal.

SCI Corporate and Sole Trader Members can access the Advisory Desk by email or by phone
+44 (0)1344 636 525

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SCI Courses, Webinars and Events

Our next SCI Member webinar

Light Gauge Steel Applications and Design Tuesday 11 Feb 2020.

This webinar will discuss the common applications for light gauge and cold-formed steel and explain some of the structural design aspects specific to cold-formed steel sections.

Register to view this webinar.

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New Members

SCI would like to welcome new members;

2411 Group Ltd

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Alan Clarke Associates

Colaborante S.A

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Uninterrupted height of masonry cladding to light steel framing (P426)

Uninterrupted height of masonry cladding to light steel framing (P426) This guidance provides information on how it is technically and economically beneficial to consider designing taller heights of ground- or podium- supported masonry cladding to light steel frames, rather than the more tradition ways of supporting masonry cladding.

Free download to both SCI members and Non-Members

Design of Steel Concrete Composit (SC) structures (P414)

Design of Steel Concrete Composite (SC) structures (P414) This design guide provides recommendations for the design of steel-concrete composite (SC) panels comprising two steel plates connected by a grid of tie bars with structural concrete between the plates, typically used for walls.

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SCI Members: £20.00 + P&P Non Members: £40.00 + P&P

Structural Steel Reuse (427)

Structural Steel Reuse (427) This guidance proposes a system of investigation and testing to establish material characteristics, with advice for designers completing member verifications of reclaimed steelwork. It places important responsibilities on the holder of reclaimed steelwork including identification, assessment, control procedures and declarations of conformity

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Free download to both SCI members and Non-Members

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