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SCI CONNECT – March 2021

One year ago everybody at SCI started full-time working from home. Thoughts of 'what if this happens' quickly turned into 'it has happened'. Going into a complete unknown, fearing the worst (what some management books term 'constructive paranoia') initial estimates suggested that SCI could continue for two years before things got really difficult. As a non-profit distributing organisation we have never been driven by short term goals, and that has given us a certain resilience. This of course is totally correct for an organisation that is there to serve a sector, not individuals.

The good news is that right now we are coming to the end of a financial year in which we managed - just - to be on the right side of break even. We are currently looking to recruit an engineer. And perhaps more importantly we are not alone. Constructive paranoia tells us the coming months and years will be difficult times commercially, but our members and clients are (in general) busy and seem to be doing OK.

Having played a part in growing the market for steel construction in the UK it is important we survive so that we can help maintain that market. So long as steel structures are being built there will be a need to avoid and solve problems, and identify better ways of doing things. We have a body of expertise that is not replicated in the UK, or indeed Europe.

So I'd like to take this moment to thank all of you who have remained loyal to SCI - as members and/or clients. Together we can do great things with steel. And if you're ever in Ascot, do pop in to see us as we will be opening things up again at Silwood Park in the coming weeks.

Featured Article
The Light Steel Forum meets again
Verification for Light Steel Framing
The SCI has a vacancy for a Structural Engineer
Members Advisory Desk
SCI Advisory Q&A
SCI Webinars, Courses
& Events
Members in the News
New Members
SCI Courses
Steel Connection Design Fire Resistance of Light Steel Framing - Member Webinar
20 Apr 2021 12:30-13:30
Steel Connection Design Connections to Cores - Member webinar
11 May
Steel Connection Design On-line Steel Connection Design Course
4 sessions
20, 21, 27
& 28 May
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The Light Steel Forum meets again

Riding high on the back of the recent publication of P424 "Fire Resistance of Light Steel Framing", the first meeting of 2021 for the Light Steel Forum was held in March. The meeting was well attended by its members from; Ayrshire Metals Ltd, BW Industries Ltd, Construction Metal Forming (CMF), Etex Building Performance, Fusion Building Systems, Hadley Steel Framing Ltd, Kingspan Steel Building Solutions, Metek Plc, Saint-Gobain, Sigmat Ltd, Vision-Built Manufacturing Ltd and voestalpine Metsec Plc. The meeting was hosted and chaired by SCI and like most meetings in these Covid affected times, the meeting was held online but this did not inhibit energetic discussions about the light steel construction sector.

The group discussed a wide range of technical issues related to light steel construction and developed a list of items for future work. The results and deliverables from these will be made accessible to the wider industry as they become available.

SCI would like to thank the members of the Light Steel Forum for their continued support. Anyone interested in joining the Light Steel Forum can contact Andrew Way at SCI for further information.

P424 “Fire Resistance of Light Steel Framing

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Verification for Light Steel Framing

The SCI has worked with NHBC to provide independent verification of light steel frame systems for over 15 years. The so-called SCI/NHBC Stage 1 System certification is a prerequisite for light steel frame systems needing to obtain a new-build warranty from NHBC and is described in the NHBC Standards Chapter 6.10. However, readers may not be aware that an SCI verification is also included in the LABC technical manual version 9, which states in Section 6.6 'Light Gauge Steel Frame' that "... systems for low rise buildings, must be provided with either independent UKAS or equivalent third-party system approval or the system has been evaluated by the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) ..."

For more information about obtaining independent verification of light steel frame systems please contact Andrew Way at SCI for further information.

Verification for Light Steel Framing
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The SCI has a vacancy for a Structural Engineer

We currently have an opportunity for a talented structural engineer to join our team. We seek applicants who have a good quality degree and a desire to learn. Someone whose career path has not yet been defined but who is looking to grow their specialist expertise in steel structures in a unique environment that is part way between practice and academia. Some experience of working in the steel construction sector would be beneficial but is certainly not essential. 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.

Find out more about the vacancy, SCI and how to apply here.

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Members Advisory Desk Service email alerts.

The new Advisory Desk service emails sent this month included;

Advisory Desk Note - AD 434
Validity Rules for hollow section joints

Advisory Desk Note - AD 462
Buckling length of compression members in cross bracing

If you are an SCI Sole Trader or Corporate Member and not receiving these emails alerts go to the SCI Information Portal and in your Profile click on notifications/alerts and select the notifications you require.

All the Advisory Desk Notes and Questions and Answers together with other technical resources are all available at all times on the SCI Information Portal.

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SCI Advisory Questions and Answers

For SCI Sole Trader and Corporate members, SCI offers support through our Advisory Desk Service. For questions asked which we feel are pertinent to the wider member audience we publish anonymously the questions and answers.

Where some questions relate to SCI Publications we publish the question and answers in Connect.

This month our published question is about; Friction forces due to wind

Question:How is the frictional force on an industrial building calculated?

Please see the answer to this Advisory Question/Answer - Ref No AD_QA_7156-21 and all Advisory questions on the SCI Information Portal.

The Advisory Desk Service is for SCI Corporate and Sole Trader Members | +44 (0) 1344 636525

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SCI Courses, Webinars and Events

SCI Online Training Courses

On-line Steel Connection Design Course

This online course is delivered in 4 sessions
Part 1 - 20 May 2021
Part 2 - 21 May 2021
Part 3 - 27 May 2021
Part 4 - 28 May 2021

Time: 10:00-12:00

This course is for designers and technicians wanting practical tuition in steel connection design. The course concentrates on the design of nominally pinned connections, in accordance with BS EN 1993-1-8, considering vertical shear and tying.

The Eurocode approach to the design of moment resisting connections will be discussed, anticipating that software will be used for the design of these connections. Bracing connections, bases, splices, welded joints and non-standard connections will all be covered. The Eurocode rules for ordinary and pre-loaded assemblies will be discussed. Critical design checks and rules of thumb will be identified, for preliminary connection sizing.

The objectives of this course are:

  • to equip designers with the knowledge to design common connections with confidence
  • to explain the key principles of connection behaviour which must be realised in connection details
  • to generate an awareness of the resistance of standardised connections

Member Rate - £250.00
SCI Non-Member - £330.00

For more information and to book this course click here.

Light Gauge Steel Design Course

Next SCI Member webinar is;

Fire Resistance of Light Steel Framing
20 April 2021
Time: 12:30-13:30

This webinar introduces the design for fire resistance of light steel framing which is the subject of a new SCI publication P424.

Register here to view this webinar

For a list of webinars, on-line public courses visit the
SCI Information Portal

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Members in the news

HS2 Tunnel segments now being manufactured in Caunton framed factory

Caunton Engineering are delighted to learn that the press is reporting " the manufacture of the first HS2 tunnel segments produced at the site precast factory". The factory is framed with Caunton's steelwork and the company is proud to have contributed in a small way to this excellent project.
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for more information.

HS2 Tunnel segments now being manufactured in Caunton framed factory
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New Members

SCI would like to welcome new members;

Typhoon Performance Products Limited Ltd

Harry Peers Steelwork Ltd

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Benefit Costs
SCI Publications

Our bookshop is once again open. For any hard copies of SCI Publications visit the SCI WebShop.

Resistance of beams & Columns in Fire (P403)

Resistance of beams & Columns in Fire (P403) Two substantial worked examples form the main content of this publication. The first example is a two-storey structure with non-composite beams and a modest minimum fire resistance period of 30 minutes. The second example is a seven-storey structure with composite beams and a more onerous minimum fire resistance period of 90 minutes.

Design of Steel beams in torsion (P385)

Design of Steel beams in torsion (P385) This publication explains the basic behaviour of beams in torsion and provides formulae and graphs for evaluating the effects of torsion. Practical guidance is given on the design in accordance with Eurocode 3, including the interaction of torsion with bending resistance and buckling resistance.

Design of Composite Beams Using Precast Concrete Slabs (EC4) P401

Design of Composite Beams Using Precast Concrete Slabs (EC4) P401 This publication takes previously published guidance from P287 and presents updated guidance in accordance with the principles of Eurocode 4, supplemented by non-contradictory complementary information (NCCI). The guidance discusses the particular issues affecting the use of precast concrete concerning the requirements of effective shear connection and transverse reinforcement.

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