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May 2014 – NSC takes digital lead

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What the future holds for NSC as a magazine dedicated to highlighting the achievements of the steel construction industry is a major change; NSC will revert to being published ten times a year and from now on will be a digital-only publication.

Digital looks like being the future for publishing and it has been decided that rather than settle for a half way house involving some print and some digital publishing, now is a good time for NSC to accept the inevitable and make an early entry to the digital-only publishing world.

We will to an extent be breaking a path for others to follow, which is a challenge that all in the NSC editorial and production team relish. We have seen a high uptake among readers of digital-only offerings by other publications and we think the time is right to bite the digital bullet.

There will be an enhanced website and additional digital services to readers are being considered. We think you will find the digital version of NSC a pleasure to read, and a significant advance over print in many ways, such as being taken to another website for more information about an article or advertisement with a single click. We welcome feedback about how you find it.


Awards entries show strength of steel

It is Structural Steel Design Awards time again, with the shortlist announced in this issue’s News section.  Twelve projects have been shortlisted and at an awards ceremony on 8 July they will learn whether they have been successful.

Once again they add up to a great advertisement for the strength and versatility of steel.

There is a wide geographical spread with projects as far apart as Dartmoor National Park, Falkirk, South Wales, Hull and London. The shortlist includes leisure facilities, high rise commercial developments, bridges, a school and a hotel.

What has been particularly notable during the recession years that we are, hopefully, now emerging from, has been the strength of the field of entries for the SSDA. Every year has seen the same quality of design of projects large and small. There have obviously been fewer projects around, but investment in quality seems to have been maintained throughout the lean years. So we can only be optimistic for what the future holds for steel construction and the SSDA.

Nick Barrett

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