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News in Brief: July/August 2005

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The Steel Construction Institute’s Steelbiz information has been upgraded with state of the art technologies and a greatly simplified interface. The new system will be online in July.

Cleveland Bridge has won a £16M two year contract to carry out maintenance work on Dundee’s Tay Road Bridge. The works for the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board will involve refurbishing the bridge and replacing bearings.

One of the UK’s leading structural engineers Michael Dickson, a founding partner of consulting engineer Buro Happold, has been awarded the CBE, for services to engineering, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. As chair of Buro Happold he presided over the growth of the practice from 150 to over 960 and from 4 offices to 14. He now directs the Buro Happold Design and Technology Board, which looks after the practice’s intellectual assets in terms of product, design and service development. In September he will become President of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

Bourne Parking showed American Institute of Steel Construction National Project Director Bill Pascoli around several steel car parks constructed by the firm, following the Parkex conference at the NEC in May. The successful use of steel in the UK car park market has long been of interest to the AISC.

Steel beams have been lifted into place on the Montrose Bridge to replace the original concrete structure which was demolished because of alkali-silica reaction. The new beams are 50m long and weigh 100t each. They were placed on bearings to an accuracy of ± 10mm.

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