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News in brief: January 2012

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The BCSA will soon be publishing its ‘Guide to Weld Inspection for Structural Steelwork’. The publication will give guidance on weld inspection for structural steelwork and explain how techniques and testing are used to identify and characterise defects that can arise in steel components. It also explains the causes of such defects and the measures that may be taken to avoid them. The guidance is intended for use by persons undertaking, or responsible for, weld inspection. This would be in fabrication facilities, manufacturing structural steel components that are designed for static loading.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has a launched a new digital on-line Eurocodes guide. Known as Eurocodes Plus, it digitises all 15,000 pages of the Eurocodes with an on-line interactive workflow tool that allows designers to quickly find specific codes. For more information visit:

Barrett Precision Tubes, part of the Barrett Steel Group, has introduced what is said to be one of the first fibre laser cutting systems in the UK. The company has commissioned a LT FIBER system at its Lasertube North plant in York.

Steel machinery manufacturer Voortman has purchased a German based cutting systems producer in order to increase its equipment range. The new subsidiary of the Voortman Steel Group will operate under the name of Bach Cutting Systems.

Software developer CSC has released version 14 of its structural steel design package, Fastrak Building Designer. The company said structural engineers can now access a range of new and updated software features and additions, including free BIM integration sotfware, Revit Integrator.

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