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SCI CONNECT – January 2019

SCI is co-ordinating the EU-funded project REDUCE (REuse and Demountability Using steel structures and the Circular Economy), which is now in its final year.

The scope of REDUCE is wide, exploring issues such as life cycle assessment, BIM, and the circular economy but the main focus has been on developing and testing new demountable, composite floor systems, as well as providing design guidance and practical information on the fabrication and detailing of such systems, for the first and second cycles of use.

Push-out and beam tests have been carried at the Universities of Bradford, Luxembourg and Delft on new, demountable shear connection systems. Tests have been conducted on precast and composite decking systems using friction bolts and embedded couplers, with some systems using injected resin to reduce initial slip. In addition, a large-scale demountable car park trial has been conducted at the Delft University of Technology comprising four (7.2m 2.6m) prefabricated concrete decks on three 14.4m tapered, steel beams. Composite action was achieved using resin-injected embedded couplers. The tests were designed to understand the practicalities and costs of assembling, demounting and re-assembling composite car park floor systems.

Composite beam tests with different demountable shear connection systems and in different arrangements, have also been conducted. After elastic, first cycle testing, some slabs were cut longitudinally, demounted, reassembled and tested to failure.

In addition, testing has been undertaken on standardised connections that facilitate deconstruction and reuse of the beams. These included a slotted beam-to-beam connector and a block connector.

Detailed analysis and numerical modelling of all the testing is underway before the work will be written up in the form of design guidance. The research demonstrates that the sector is not just talking about the circular economy but is developing new, innovative systems to make it a reality.

SCI and the other REDUCE partners, will host a workshop later in 2019, to present the project findings in detail.

If you would like to be informed about the workshop date and agenda please click here.

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SCI Members Advisory Service - not just a breakdown service!

If you join SCI as a Corporate or Sole Trader member the support offered to you includes access to a team of expert technical advisors. The experience of that team is built on previous lives in practice, research backgrounds, and involvement in code development, networks, and sorting out problems for people.

How does the SCI Advisory Desk help me? Think about the benefits of those answers. For example, the benefit of showing that a composite beam will work despite not satisfying the requirements of Eurocode 4 is not simply knowing that it is technically justifiable. Sometimes the benefit of our advice will be valued in hundreds of pounds - a call to SCI that saves half a day of personal research. Sometimes it will be valued in tens of thousands of pounds - avoiding the need to take down, refabricate and reconstruct something, or avoiding the danger of getting it badly wrong by seeking advice in advance.

To demonstrate potential benefits of our advice here are ten examples, all based on real questions we have been asked.

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Building for tomorrow for 2019

Andrew Way will form part of the team that will be delivering a number of presentations at the NHBC annual series of seminars

Building for tomorrow is an annual series of seminars where industry experts and NHBC present the latest technical and regulatory updates in house-building as well as sharing best practice gleaned from the 900,000+ site inspections carried out each year.

Andrew's presentation; 'Preparing for Steel' will take a look at the critical design considerations on onsite detailing required to ensure best practice is achieved in the increasing use of Light Steel Frame in both onsite and offsite factory systems.

For venues and dates visit the NHBC website


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New Bronze Sponsor - Steel Bridge Group (SBG)

The SBG are pleased to welcome Costain as Bronze Sponsors of the group. The Steel Bridge Group is offering Sponsorship opportunities to organisations with an interest in steel bridge solutions. The support from Sponsors provides the SBG with additional funding to carry out initiatives, and sponsors are able to engage with the activities of the group at various levels.

For more information on Sponsorship visit SBG Sponsorship information contact:
Guillaume Vannier Tel: +44 (0)1344 636 550

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Courses, Webinars and events

Please see our new listing of courses and webinars available until March 2019 on our website now.

Straight to the Point in Eurocode Design - Half Day Course
Tuesday 26 February 2019, London
Timing: 09:00 - 13:00

This four hour course contains minimum theory and maximum hands-on member design - focusing on straight to the point practical design using the Eurocode Blue Book. The course is aimed at designers of orthodox structures where the resistance tables are the preferred way of selecting members.

The course content is based on Eurocode design and includes the design of beams and columns in simple (braced) construction, and comprises a series of practical numerical examples. The calculation of ultimate loads in accordance with the Eurocodes will be covered, so delegates will be confident in member design to the latest Standards.

Every delegate will receive a personal copy of The Blue Book - Steel building design: Design data "Eurocode Blue Book" (P363) and the Concise Guide - Steel building design: Concise Eurocodes (P362).

SCI Member Rate: £130.00 + VAT
Non Member Rate £160.00 + VAT

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Wind Actions and Snow Loads to BS EN 1991 - Half Day Course
Tuesday 26 February 2019, London
Timing: 13:30 - 17:30

This short course will cover the calculation of wind actions and snow loads in accordance with the Eurocodes and the UK National Annexes. The presentation on wind actions will cover the recommended approach of considering quadrants around the site for hand calculations. The significant differences compared to the previous BS will be discussed.

Snow loading is relatively straightforward, so after covering the uniform snow condition, the course will example the UK provisions for drifted snow. The special provisions for imposed loading and snow loading on roofs (which affect portal frame design in particular) will be discussed.

Both topics will be supported by numerical worked examples. Delegates will receive a copy of P394, which covers the calculation of wind actions.

SCI Member Rate: £130.00 + VAT
Non Member Rate £160.00 + VAT

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SCI to present Doshi Webinars to EC3

We are working with SCI Member Doshi Group to run a second series of webinars which will be delivered to the steel construction industry in Kenya which will start in February 2019. The first series delivered a number of webinars to BS 5950, the second series will deliver 8 webinars to EC3 the audience sign up has significantly increased for the second series and we are also able to award PDU points for the webinars.

If you are based in Kenya and wish to watch the webinars contact

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Next Member Webinar - Hollow Sections and Joints
Tuesday 12 February 2019

Hollow sections are often selected for aesthetic reasons, or for their structural efficiency. This webinar will consider the ways to connect beams to hollow sections and the resistance of welded joints between hollow sections as found in trusses.

Visit the SCI Information Portal to register

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New additional date for 2 - day Essential Steelwork Design

Due to the last 2-day Essential Steelwork Design course being oversubscribed we have added an additional date to our calendar for this course. The new date will be Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd May 2019 in Cambridge.

Read more on the content and book a place

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Acoustic detailing for steel construction (P372)

Acoustic detailing for steel construction (P372) This publication gives acoustic details for steel framed buildings with a range of floor and wall constructions. The guidance is based on acoustic test results and information published by manufacturers and suppliers of plasterboard, light steel framing, acoustic systems and associated products

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.

Joints in Steel Construction.  Simple joints to Eurocode 3 'The Green Book ' (P358)

Light Steel Framing 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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SCI would like to welcome a new member;

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