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News in Brief – January 2011

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Hilti has launched free-of-charge health and safety checks, along with its bit and chisel services, available at all of its centres in UK. The service allows customers to achieve greater safety and higher productivity with their tools as they receive comprehensive advice. Customers are also provided with an understand-ing of how Hilti’s tools can improve safety and reduce risk.

SCI Assessed Metfloor from CMF has been used on the Westfield shopping centre, adjacent to the London 2012 Olympic Park. The deck profiles where the first to complete the SCI Assessed scheme for properties in accordance with Eurocodes. Structural properties important for the design and specification of composite floor decking have been assessed for sheeting manufactured in 0.9, 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2mm thickness for S350 and 1.2mm for S550 galvanized steel. The assessment included the analysis of tests on profiled steel sheeting performed on behalf of CMF at Imperial College London, and the subsequent derivation of characteristic properties for use in design. MetFloor 55 is a re-entrant profile with a depth of 55mm; MetFloor 60 and MetFloor 80 are trapezoidal profiles with a shoulder height of 60 mm and 80 mm, respectively.

Building products manu-facturer Steadmans is celebrat-ing its centenary year and the company is using the occasion to remember its heritage and look forward to continued growth. Steadmans was established in 1911 in Warnell, Carlisle, when George Steadman set up Caldbeck’s blacksmith to serve the local agricultural community. Steadmans opened further facilities in Livingston, Scotland, and Banbridge, Northern Ireland.

AceCad Software’s StruCad evolution has been awarded winner of the Structural Design and Engineering Product of the Year at the recent Construction Computing Awards. The annual awards are voted for by Construction Computing and CAD User magazine readers. AceCad’s spokesperson said: “StruCad evolution is already receiving superb feedback from users around the world and forms part of AceCad’s new product suite for structural supply chain delivery.”

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