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News in Brief: July/August 2013

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The BCSA has announced that CE Marking capability is now a condition of membership for associate members, as from 1 July 2013. The requirement applies to steelwork contractor members from 1 July 2014. This means clients and main contractors can have confidence in the complete supply chain  for steel construction from manufacture of the sections and other products, through distribution to fabrication and erection.

The Leadenhall Building (Cheesegrater) in the City of London has topped out after reaching its final 224m height. The building’s tapered profile, designed to protect sight lines of St Paul’s Cathedral, means the structure has already become a landmark in the square mile. The building is a joint venture between British Land and Canadian company Oxford Properties, and Severfield-Watson Structures has erected the steelwork.

Lindapter has launched its high clamping force (HCF) Hollo Bolt, an enhanced version of its original expansion bolt for structural connections. The Hollo-Bolt HCF is available as standard in sizes M16 & M20 and features Lindapter’s patented HCF mechanism that is said to produce a typical clamping force three times higher than the same sized product without the mechanism.

SCI member Consteel has launched the STABLAB software package that is said to provide analysis and evaluation of the stability and buckling modes of a structural model. Basic analysis capabilities include: all types of buckling modes – flexural, torsional, lateral torsional buckling of members, buckling sensitivity analysis and complete second order analysis using buckling mode based imperfections. To register and download a free trial visit:

Leach Structural Steelwork has extended its workshop and purchased a new Voortman V330C fully automatic combined drilling and plate cutting system equipped with an oxy fuel and plasma torch. Eric Leach, Leach Structural Steelwork Managing Director said: “We decided to equip the machine with both plasma and oxy fuel for the larger and thicker parts. With this machine we are better positioned for the markets we’re active in.”

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