Guidance for structural projects
The BCSA has launched a project with the Association for Consultancy and Engineering, under the supervision of a steering group made up of representatives from all sectors of the industry, to produce guidance on design requirements in structural steelwork projects, AGM delegates were told.
Accurate, timely and comprehensive information is vital in order to reduce wastage. The identification of design requirements is the easiest way of avoiding late variations, which are always expensive. Steelwork in particular is a manufacturing process and this increases the cost of changes once steel has left the factory.
The project is currently nearing completion and will shortly be piloted and it is anticipated that it will be published in the autumn. The guidance has been referenced in the latest version of the National Structural Steelwork Specification.