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News in Brief: February 2012

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Dr. Graham Couchman, Chief Executive of SCI, has delivered a lecture to students on the University of Cambridge’s new Master’s degree course in Construction Engineering as part of a Design for Construction themed residential week. He addressed the students on the latest innovations in steel design and approaches for sustainable construction. The aim of the course is to revolutionise the construction sector, break down traditional barriers and help transform the future of the industry.

Netherlands-based manufacturer Voortman has launched the V330S machine, a split plate processing system which is said to allow simultaneous drilling and cutting. The unit has a split configuration system working with two separate gantries, which the company claims, guarantees a high output.

SCI Technology Services has appointed a new Senior Software Engineer, Ramesh Nadella who has an MSc in Computer Science and is an accredited Dot Net Technology specialist. His appointment strengthens SCI’s already talented Technology Services team and further enhances SCI’s in house capabilities.

A number of engineers from SCI have contributed their technical knowledge and expertise to the 7th edition of the Steel Designers Manual. Leading industry experts joined senior SCI engineers in contributing a wide range of topics covering steel construction. For the first time this edition is based upon the Eurocodes, and recognises the growing importance of light gauge steel, sustainability and the increasing use of computer methods in analysis procedures.

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