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The SCI annual Members’ Day took place on Wednesday 24 October at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

Starting up the event, guest speaker Fergus McCormick of Buro Happold delivered a presentation on the Olympic Stadium. He demonstrated the originality of the design and the teamwork involved in the project that enabled the stadium to be safely and successfully completed almost a year ahead of the opening ceremony.

The main focus for the event was the provision and access of technical information within the steel community. SCI’s Michael Sansom demonstrated the new www.steelconstruction.info website, which provides a “Wiki” style encyclopedia of information.

Steelbiz, SCI’s online technical resource site, to be relaunched in 2013, was demonstrated and explained by Dorota Koschmidder of the SCI.

Graham Couchman, SCI CEO, introduced the final topic on Steelbiz Direct, which is a further development of Steelbiz, to deliver relevant resources based on an intelligent matching of search criteria and resource content, given in an appropriate way to the end user.

The future directions for all of these information resources should reflect the end user’s requirements, says the SCI.  It is important that their development reflects how designers access information and how that information is used and so the SCI would like to receive input to help develop the strategy.

It has two surveys at http://www.steel-sci.com  From the responses, one individual will be selected at random and sent an iPad to acknowledge their contribution.

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