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SCI CONNECT – October 2018

As stated in the article in CONNECT Issue 80 in February this year SCI have been developing third party product certification for the steel sector for the following products:

  • Individual structural elements
  • Cladding and roofing
  • External wall systems
  • Light Steel Frame
  • Modular units

SCI have had a pre-assessment carried out by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) and as a result are now ready to put the first manufacturers through the certification process. UKAS felt that the processes that have been developed by SCI are more or less in place and now need trialling by putting clients through the whole system to ensure it all works.

SCI hope to issue the first certificates before the middle of 2019, and already have a number of manufacturers lined up to be the first ones through the system.

Should you be interested in this service either as a manufacturer or specifier then please contact Mark Wilkinson with your requirements and/or questions.

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Steel Connection Design UK Steel Construction Day 2018
08 Nov 18 London
Steel Connection Design Designing in Stainless Steel
13 Nov 18 – Webinar
Steel Connection Design Light Gauge Steel Design Course
20 Nov 18 – Leeds
Steel Connection Design Steel Building Design to EC3
04 Dec 18
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UK Steel Construction Day 2018: Transforming Construction: Using steel to deliver greater productivity.

Thursday 8th November 2018, Royal College of Physicians, London

We are just over a week away from our event the UK Steel Construction Day 2018, and busy with last minute preparations. This one day event is set to showcase how steel is ideally placed to meet the UK Government's objective to transform construction in order to dramatically improve efficiency in the future construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure.

Recent projects taken from different parts of the steel construction sector will demonstrate how cost, time and energy savings have been achieved through innovations in manufacturing and digital technologies.

We are pleased to welcome the following speakers for the day;

Chris Wise, Expedition
MAGIC: Marginal Gains in Construction - a UK industry strategy to deliver more value with less cost.

Chris George, Trimble
40 years in the steel industry. From drawing boards to BIM!

Paul Astle, Ramboll
The new Civil Engineering Building for the University of Cambridge: Unboltable, adaptable and able to communicate.

David Ellison, Sigmat
Smarter, lighter, faster - the offsite revolution with light gauge steel framing.

Michael Hough, MJH Structural Engineers
Innovation in modular construction

Steve Matthews, WSP
The world would be a better place if everyone built bridges instead of putting up walls! Consult, Collaborate, Construct - A Steel Bridge Group review of industry needs.

David Coyle, Volker Ground Engineering
Using steel to deliver greater productivity: Dover Western Dock Revival

Mark Farmer, Cast Real Estate & Construction Consultancy
'Modernise or Die' - Implications for the Steel Industry

Bassam Burgan, SCI
Transforming construction - how SCI helps transform business for its members and clients

Attendance price:
£50.00 + VAT SCI & SPG Members | £100.00 + VAT Non-Members

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Our event sponsors will each have a stand. The sponsors are:

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Steel Piling Group
Steel Bridge Group
SCI/NHBC System certification for Frameclad

Frameclad Ltd have recently achieved SCI/NHBC Stage 1 System Certification for their loadbearing light steel frame system to go alongside the certification for their infill external wall system which was achieved in 2016.

The SCI has assessed the structural aspects of the system and confirms that it is suitable for use in the construction of dwellings in accordance with NHBC Standards Chapter 6.10 "Light steel framed walls and floors".

The full list of companies that have NHBC Standards is available from the SCI Assessed website.

For further information about SCI Assessed or SCI/NHBC System Certification, please contact Andrew Way at SCI.


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David Brown Presentation

David Brown made a 4 hour presentation on Tuesday 9th October to the Scottish branch of the ISE. The presentation was on Specifying Structural Steelwork with approximately 120 delegates attending the event.

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Events, Courses and Webinars

Light Gauge Steel Design Course.
Tuesday 20 November, Leeds

This one day course introduces the different applications of light gauge steel in construction, before explaining in detail the design rules presented in Eurocode 3 for light gauge steel members in bending and compression, including calculation of section properties. Specific design issues related to the different applications are addressed.

Attendance price:
£220.00 + VAT - SCI Members
£280.00 + VAT - Non Members

Read more about this course and register

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Steel Building Design to Eurocode 3.
Tuesday 4th December, Reading

As the experts in steel design, the SCI have prepared this course to introduce experienced steel designers to the Eurocode provisions for steel design. The course focuses on orthodox construction, covering the primary design issues for practicing engineers.

Attendance price:
£220.00 + VAT - SCI Members
£280.00 + VAT - Non Members

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STiFF - Structures in Fire Forum - next meeting

SCI are sponsors of StiFF which is a discussion group for researchers, specialists and design professionals interested in the behaviour of steel and composite framed structures under the influence of fire, and in the development of rational structural fire engineering design methods. Members and news from around the world are welcome. The group meets twice a year and the next meeting is at Warwick University on Monday 10th Dec 2018 for more information and to attend contact;

Steel Building Design: Worked examples for Students (P387)

Steel Building Design: Worked examples for Students (P387) This easy-to-read publication provides a concise overview of steel design to the Eurocodes. Although prepared with students in mind, the guide should be a very valuable reference for practicing engineers, as it covers common design cases and includes the influence of the UK National Annex.

Steel Building Design: Worked examples – Open Sections (P364)

Steel Building Design: Worked examples - Open Sections (P364) For designers of steel building structures in the UK, this revised publication offers a series of worked examples of design to the Eurocodes. The examples illustrate the Eurocode approach to design and have full references to the relevant clauses and appropriate NCCI.

Steel building design: Concise Eurocodes (P362)

Steel building design: Concise Eurocodes (P362) This revised guide cuts through the apparent complexity of the Eurocodes for steel design, and provides the designer with a digestible approach to common tasks. Guidance is presented on design routes, with references to Eurocode clauses. Formulae are converted into look-up tables and design tips are highlighted.

Members in the News

SMD Elements® Span Check App

We have developed a unique new mobile phone app for architects, designers and engineers. Our 'SMD Elements® Span Check' initiative has now been launched.

The free-to-download app is a calculation tool enabling users run simple span checks on our range of floor deck profiles.


The easy-to-use app, believed to be the only type of its kind on the market, helps users to understand the options available for each product and what can be achieved with different types of specification.

Downloadable for Android and Apple devices, the app has been designed by our marketing and brand manager Pete Watkins and created by Bournemouth digital agency Adido.

The App benefits from a simple menu along the bottom of the screen allowing users to navigate through the app easily and quickly.

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Fusion joins British Safety Council

Offsite manufacturer of light gauge steel panelised superstructures Fusion Building Systems, has become a Member of the British Safety Council - a national organisation dedicated to making sure no one is injured at work.

Fusion,s membership supports a business aspiration to achieve industry-leading health and safety standards and performance levels, setting a benchmark for the offsite construction sector as a whole.

As a Member, Fusion will be able to access the latest health and safety information, stay up to date on all legislative changes and utilise the training resources made available for employees, with the aim of achieving a positive and proactive health and safety culture right across the business.

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SCI People

Francisco Meza

SCI welcomes Francisco Meza, who joins the SCI as a Senior Engineer having studied BSc Industrial Engineering, specialising in Construction at the University of the Basque Country, Spain, followed by MSc Structural Engineering and PhD in Structural Engineering at The University of Sheffield, where his thesis title was "The Behaviour of Built-up Thin Walled Steel Structural Elements".

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