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SCI CONNECT – July 2019

Sometimes it feels like 'innovation' is the most overused word in the English language, 'literally'! To progress, society just needs changes that bring improvement and it doesn't matter if they are quite subtle and evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. So for our 2019 UK Steel Construction Day we will be showcasing a number of projects, ideas and processes that drive towards improved steel construction in very different ways.

The Government is investing heavily in Transforming Construction, with the now familiar stated aims to provide better quality construction at reduced cost more quickly and with a preference for offsite solutions (partly to combat future labour shortages). The work on 'platforms' being undertaken by Bryden Wood has been widely recognised and we are delighted that Kevin Masters will update us on the work they are doing to help bridge the gap between construction and manufacturing. With related aims we have been fortunate to secure funding from Innovate UK for a BCSA led project looking at offsite integrated modules. The outcome of this project will be generic design and client guidance, aimed at achieving transformation of a significant proportion of everyday steel buildings. The event will be timely for us to present outcomes as this project will be drawing near to a close in November.

It is clear that to achieve real improvement new technical solutions alone will not to be sufficient. Client buy-in and willingness to try something different is also going to be needed. Pete Winslow from Expedition, currently seconded to WSP, will tell us how significant savings, in material and overall cost, can be made if a client is willing to spend a little more on design. His example concerns a roof of complex form and the benefits of wind tunnel testing to determine design loads more accurately.

Significant improvements in sector performance will only ever be achieved by solutions that have widespread application. But we should always leave room for iconic one-offs to stir our emotions. One such highly publicised project is the new bridge at Tingtagel, which we will hear about from Matthieu Mallié of Ney and Partners. The bridge includes some interesting choices of steel driven by demanding design requirements.

Other speakers remain to be confirmed.

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Design of steel concrete composite (SC) Structures (P414)

SCI has just published a new design guide entitled Design of steel concrete composite (SC) structures (SCI-P414). It provides recommendations for the design of panels comprising two steel plates connected by a grid of tie bars with structural concrete between the plates, typically used for walls. It also covers panels comprising a steel plate stiffened by T-section ribs welded to the plate (referred to as half-SC), typically used for floors. The plates act as load bearing formwork during placement of the concrete, thereby eliminating the need for temporary formwork. In the permanent condition, the plates act as reinforcement to the concrete. In SC panels, the tie bars hold the two plates together at the construction stage and provide transverse shear reinforcement in the permanent condition. Composite action between the steel plates and the concrete is achieved through the use of headed shear studs welded to the steel plates.

The guide covers material grade selection, calculation of element and connection resistance, calculation of thermal effects and resistance at elevated temperature. The guide also covers the calculation of actions at the construction stage and verification of the resistance under those actions.

The work was undertaken within a project funded by the European Union's Research Fund for Coal and Steel (grant agreement RFSR-CT-2013-00017) and EDF.

This publication can be purchased here.

SCI Members can also download a PDF version for FREE here

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Reuse of steel structures and the circular economy

SCI continues to research how to reuse structural steel effectively and we are hosting a free event at the Building Centre in London on 8th October to disseminate our findings. Come and learn from SCI and our European partners including VTT, Delft University of Technology, the University of Luxembourg and RWTH Aachen University and give us your feedback. Presentations will cover testing of new demountable systems, practical design guidance and the environmental and economic benefits of deconstruction and reuse. You can book on-line here.

As a reminder, we are also developing a protocol for reusing structural steel and we would welcome any comments on this. You can find a draft of the protocol here.

Please send any comments to before the closing date of 31st August.

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Eurocode training in Kenya - postscript

After ten days of training in Kenya on steel design to the Eurocodes, two issues stand out: firstly, (and not surprisingly) concrete is the material of choice, and secondly that a key feature of the Eurocode suite is consistency between the Standards. Design to EN 1993 demands steel manufactured to a referenced material Standard and anticipates that the fabrication and erection will be executed to EN 1090.

These are simple principles that generally pass unnoticed in European countries, but in other parts of the world have important implications when developing National Annexes. If steel is not to a Standard there will be an immediate effect on the material factors, but there may also be more subtle impacts, for example on the ductility of the material which is presumed in many resistance checks. Execution to EN 1090 requires - for example - the careful contribution of a Responsible Welding Coordinator, but if appropriately qualified and experienced personnel are simply not available, a different approach for weld design may be needed. Material, design and execution must be mutually consistent.

These are very real issues to be considered in non-European countries, in addition to the obvious differences of wind actions and snow loads, so the challenge of adopting Eurocodes is not straightforward. Of note is that there are even more questions surrounding the use of concrete - the base materials, mix proportions and quality control throughout the concreting process - are all areas which may have an impact on the design assumptions.

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SMiRT 25, North Carolina, USA, August 4 - 9, 2019

Bassam Burgan will be presenting at the Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology Conference (SMiRT 25) in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference, which takes place between 4 and 9 August, attracts more than 600 delegates with over 500 technical presentations. During the conference, world experts across scientific and engineering disciplines will discuss the latest topics under the general theme of "NUCLEAR ENERGY FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE." Bassam's presentation deals with the construction of a diesel generator building using double skin composite steel-concrete (SC) construction. He will also be chairing a number of the conference technical sessions.

For more information on SMiRT visit their website here.

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10-12 October, 2019, Edinburgh, Scotland

Micheal Sansom and Ricardo Pimentel will be presenting at BILT Europe 2019.

BILT Europe is designed to cater to the needs of those who design, build, operate and maintain our built environment. Classes at the event focus on training in the use of BIM tools, BIM processes and workflows, as well as project and practice strategies and leadership skills. As a 'by users, for users' event, BILT is the best place to get genuine and honest advice from AEC industry leaders who really know their stuff, yet continue to learn themselves.

Learn more and register

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Eurosteel 2020
9-11 Sept 2020, The University of Sheffield, UK.

SCI are pleased to confirm that they are members of the Scientific Committee of the Eurosteel 2020 conference. This is the 9th European Conference on Steel and Composite Structures and has become Europe's major forum for presentation and discussion of the whole range of topics surrounding research, design and construction of steel structures.

For more information on the conference go to Eurosteel 2020

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SCI Advisory Questions and Answers

For SCI Sole Trader and Corporate members, SCI offers support through our Advisory Service. This month our published question is about Cover plates for long slotted holes;

Question: What guidance is available on the relative efficiency of different truss forms?

If you are an SCI member please see the answer to all Advisory questions on the SCI Information Portal.

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WSP young engineers welcomed to Caunton

Caunton were delighted to welcome a team of 15 young engineers from the renowned consulting engineering practice WSP recently. The engineers spent the day learning how a structural steelwork contractor operates. There were works tours of Caunton's three main manufacturing operations - preparation, production and painting. There was a presentation by Managing Director, Matthew Shimwell, featuring among other things the interface between the engineer and the steelwork contractor, and how they can understand and help each other. The afternoon was occupied by the opportunity to learn the practical skills of welding using equipment supplied on site in the accredited Caunton Training Academy, under the watchful eye of the Academy supervisor. The photograph shows the young engineers prepared for action.

Competition was introduced to this exercise with a contest to see who learnt the quickest and welded the best. The photograph shows the two winners with their trophies, flanked by Matthew Shimwell (on left) and WSP's group leader Andy Heffer.

WSP engineered The Shard, London's (and Europe's) tallest building. They are currently engineering London's second tallest building 22 Bishopsgate. Both steel framed. Caunton are pleased to be helping these WSP engineers learn more about steel and how it can be used practically.

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Courses, Webinars and Events

Please see all of our Courses, Webinars and Event listings on our website.

Steel Frame Stability Course
Wednesday 18 September 2019 - Bristol

Frame stability concerns the significance of second-order effects and is highlighted as an essential check for all frames in BS 5950 and EC3.

Whilst in many braced frames the effects will not be significant, designers should be confident in using the simple checks to determine frame sensitivity, and the simple rules to allow for such effects.

The course provides guidance on:

  • Braced frames
  • Continuous frames
  • Portal frames

Having attended this course you will;

  • Be able to check any frame for second-order effects
  • Appreciate the scope of the provisions in the design standards

SCI Members £220.00 + VAT
Non-members £280.00 + VAT

For more information or to book this course click here

Steel Frame Stability Course, Wednesday 18 September 2019 - Bristol<

Reuse of steel structures and the circular economy
Tuesday 8 October 2019, London

A free seminar presenting the findings from two EU-Funded research projects REDUCE and PROGRESS.

Register to attend this FREE event

Reuse of steel structures and the circular economy<

UK Steel Construction Day 2019: Innovative Steel Solutions
Thursday 7 Nov 2019, London

This year the main theme of the event is 'Innovative steel solutions' various speakers will present how innovative designs and product manufacturers can provide the industry with economical and energy saving solutions.

SCI Members £50.00 + VAT
Non-members £100.00 + VAT

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UK Construction Day 2019: Innovative Steel Solutions 
Thursday 7 Nov 2019, London

Elastic Design of Single Span Steel Portal Frame Buildings to Eurocode 3 (P397) This publication provides guidance on the design of portal frames in accordance with the Eurocodes, making recommendations where the design Standard is unclear. The publication covers single span, symmetric frames designed elastically and provides a comprehensive introduction to the design and detailing of portals.

SCI members £35.00
Non Members £70.00

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.

SCI members £25.00
Non Members £50.00

Wind actions to BS EN 1991-1-4 (P394)

Wind actions to BS EN 1991-1-4 (P394) This guidance has been prepared to assist structural engineers with the evaluation of wind actions for buildings in the UK in accordance with the provisions of BS EN 1991-1-4, it's UK National Annex and PD 6688 1-4. The focus is on the calculation of overall lateral wind forces acting on orthodox steel framed buildings.

SCI members £25.00
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