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SCI CONNECT – September 2019

In these times of fast paced projects where lead times to deadlines become shorter and budgets tighter mistakes can easily be made along the design process. To help meet time restrictions and avoid mistakes being made SCI offers support to the steel industry in a number of ways, in particular by offering a number of Membership packages to suit both individuals and companies. SCI membership provides direct access to experts, supported by technical resources and best practice guidance, to save you time and money.

Our membership support varies depending on what you need at the time. Direct access to our advisory team, consistently ranked by members as the most valuable benefit, offers fast, independent, authoritative advice. Each enquiry is dealt with confidentially. The Advisory team's extensive knowledge covers all aspects of steel design and construction, including interpretation of code requirements.

SCI's technical resources are available to Sole Trader and Corporate members to view and download, via Steelbiz on the SCI Information Portal. This site contains information such as; SCI advisory desk notes, technical articles, NCCI and electronic versions of SCI publications.

The Information Portal also contains the SCI Bookshop where hard copies of SCI publications are available for purchase. Our training/events calendar shows all public courses, which are available at a discounted rate for members.

Our free technical webinars are very popular and run monthly during a lunchtime period. The webinars provide latest design guidance and keep attendees up-to-date with best practice.

To see who our members are visit our member list. For more information on membership contact

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SCI Courses
Steel Connection Design Light Gauge Steel Design Course
08 Oct 19 - Leeds
Steel Connection Design Reuse of steel structures and the circular economy
08 Oct 19 - London
Steel Connection Design Open section truss joints
15 Oct 19 - Webinar
Steel Connection Design Designing lighter frameworks via layout optimisation
22 Oct 19 - Webinar
Steel Connection Design UK Construction Day 2019: Innovative Steel Solutions
07 Nov 19
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News in Brief

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

There is less than a week to go before this Free Seminar. The seminar will present findings from both EU-funded projects; REDUCE and PROGRESS.

To view a full programme and speakers and book your place on this Free Seminar click here.

Reuse of steel structures and the circular economy

Steel Piling Event 2019: Innovative steel piling solutions - Thursday 7 November
1 Birdcage Walk, London

The main theme for the SPG's annual event is 'Innovative steel piling solutions' and will mirror the theme of the parallel UK Steel Construction Day. The seminars will explore how steel solutions can be used to build with improved speed, quality, safety, predictability, and sustainability. Learn more and register for this event.

Learn more and register for this event

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10-12 October, 2019, Edinburgh, Scotland

Both Michael Sansom, Associate Director, SCI and Ricardo Pimentel, Principal Engineer, SCI, will be presenting at this event.

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, 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 about this event

SCI members benefit of a 10% discount for the 3 days pass (excluding accommodation). The discount code is: SCI10UK.

Alternatively, this link can be used.

BILT EUROPE 2019 10-12 October, 2019, Edinburgh, Scotland<

New Civil Engineer Future of Bridges conference
25-26 November 2019, America Square Conference Centre, London

The Steel Bridge Group (SBG) is delighted to announce a partnership with the New Civil Engineer's Future of Bridges conference. As a member of SBG you will receive a 15% discount off the standard price.

To book a place at this event, please visit Future of bridges Conference. SCI members can use the discount code SBG15 to receive a 15% discount.

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Thank you to all those people that visited us on our stand at OFFSITE EXPO, RICOH Arena, Coventry on the 24 & 25 September. We hoped you enjoyed the event as much as we did.

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ISE Branch Lecture, Manchester

David Brown visited the Manchester branch of ISE on Thursday 26th September to present a 3 hour course on Eurocodes. Thank you to the branch for their hospitality.

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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.

This month our published question is about; Expression 19 in publication P355: Design of composite beams with large web openings.

Question: In publication P355 - Design of composite beams with large web openings, expression 19 gives a formula for the plastic bending resistance of a Tee section above or below an opening, in the absence of axial force. The second term is given as:

Nancy Baddoo attended a meeting of the AISC committee

Should the symbol hf be tf, the flange thickness?

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

October brings SCI Members two Member Webinars!

Open Section truss joints - Tuesday 15 October 2019.

Major trusses with significant internal forces are often fabricated from UC sections. This webinar will consider the design of the joints using simple calculations of the component resistances.

SCI Members sign up here to view this webinar.

Joints between hollow Sections - Tuesday 10 September 2019<

Designing lighter frameworks via layout optimisation - Tuesday 22 October 2019.

Prof. Matthew Gilbert, University of Sheffield is our guest presenter this month, he will explain how layout optimisation can be used to identify efficient arrangements of members forming a building framework.

SCI Members sign up here to view this webinar.

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

This year the theme of our event is 'Innovative steel solutions'. During the day we will hear examples of how companies are embracing innovation to improve sector performance.

Speakers include;

  • Kevin Masters, Bryden Wood
  • Pete Winslow, Expedition, currently seconded to WSP
  • Prof. Matthew Gilbert, University of Sheffield
  • Matthieu Mallié, Ney and Partners
  • Theodore Tsirozidis, IDEA StatiCA UK

Our event sponsors will also be attending;

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

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Thursday 7 Nov 2019, London
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Members in the News

Castillia Building

Lindapter Hollo-Bolts provided a solution for securing an architectural glass prism façade in Milan.

Project Background
The Isola district of Milan has recently undergone a major transformation, making it one of the most attractive areas of the city. Due to the prime location of De Castillia 23 and its excellent transport links, Gruppo Unipol decided to renovate the building and occupy it as their headquarters.

Client Requirement
Unipol wanted to create an innovative and contemporary building in keeping with the area. The large-scale restoration work aimed to completely change the building's aesthetic features, but also to improve its functionality, energy performance and the overall efficiency of the building's management.

The architects, Progetto CMR, proposed an unusual glass prism façade design, aimed at reflecting sunlight in a constantly different way. This required a method of connecting the glass support brackets to the hollow tubular sections forming the façade.

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New Members

SCI would like to welcome new members;

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Benefit Costs

Structural Robustness of Steel framed Buildings (P391) This publication provides design guidance for hot-rolled steel-framed buildings on the Eurocode strategies for structural robustness and designing for the avoidance of disproportionate collapse as required by the UK Building Regulations

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

Avoidance of thermal bridging in steel construction (P380) This publication provides an introduction to thermal bridging, an explanation of the consequences of thermal bridging (local heat loss and the possibility of condensation), and describes how these effects are considered in building regulations

SCI members £10.00 + P&P
Non Members £20.00 + P&P

Design of Floors for Vibrations a New approach (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.

SCI members £40.00 + P&P
Non Members £80.00 + P&P

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