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News in Brief: February 2010

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The BCSA and Corus have commissioned Atkins to develop a carbon footprint tool specifically for steel bridges. The tool will be a simple spreadsheet for estimating the construction and maintenance CO2/energy of a steel composite bridge based on preliminary design quantities.

Billington Structures’ work at the Richmond Centre at Catterick took the top prize at the Project of the Year Award ceremony at Birmingham’s Metropole Hotel that showcased some of the biggest projects in the defence sector. The £600,000 project included the manufacture of 300t of steel to create a single storey Mess building at the garrison.

SCI is offering training courses on Eurocode preparation which can be arranged ‘in-house’ at your own premises or as a group with a number of companies. Courses are: Steel Building Design to EC3 – one day course; Essential Steelwork Design – two day course; an EC4 Composite Design – one day course. For more information and to book a course contact Jane Burrell    Tel: 01344 636500 or email

‘Masterplanning science and technology parks’ is a new BRE guide published by IHS BRE press. It offers comprehensive guidance on the masterplanning process, sustainable development for technology parks as well as including case studies showing how sites have been developed.  The guide costs £120 and is available from or Tel: 01344 328038.

St John Ambulance has launched a new course aimed at helping small to medium sized businesses understand the basic processes involved in making their workplace legally compliant. It says 15% of businesses have never carried out an assessment to determine risks within the workplace and therefore how to protect staff. Prices for the course start at £270. For details call 08700 104065 or visit 


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