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Radio and TV presenter John Humphrys has been confirmed to chair the panel discussion on the future construction market at the Steel Construction Conference and Exhibition, to be held at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London in November.

The Respect for People code of practice, launched at the recent 2005 Construction Health and Safety Summit, has been developed to help the construction industry achieve the targets for injury and ill-health. The targets, set out in the Revitalising Health and Safety programme launched at the 2001 summit, are to be achieved in  2005 and 2010.

Metsec has released an updated version of its LatticeSPEC design software for its range of lightweight steel lattice joists and trusses. The program designs parallel, pitched and tapered trusses but now includes the company’s curved beams and curved truss ranges as well. The software is available free on the new MetSPEC 2005 CD.

The British Stainless Steel Association has added two modules to its RIBA approved seminar programme. The Structural Design of Stainless Steel is aimed at structural engineers and architects and provides practical guidance on design principles, material properties and grade selection. Stainless Steel in Swimming Pools outlines the principles of good design and material selection, with advice on avoiding possible pitfalls.

Lloyd Instruments has demonstrated the ability to automate tensile strength testing of metals at high temperature and at the end of a temperature conditioning cycle, by linking its 100kN LR100K materials testing machine to two furnaces. Any number of heating and cooling cycles can be run automatically. At the end of the cycling process the system performs tensile tests on the sample without intervention from the operator. Further details: 01489 486399

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