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News in Brief: June 2005

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Atlas Ward Structures has been awarded the contract to fabricate and erect 900t of structural steelwork for Aylesbury College. The £30M project will replace buildings dating back to the 1960s, and is due to open in time for the autumn term in 2006. Main contractor is HBG Construction.

Software provider CSC will be creating interactive worked examples for the pan-European STEEL (Supranational Tool for the Enhancement of the Eurocodes on-line) project. CSC’s structural engineers will use its TEDDS software to create worked examples in which users can experiment by entering their own design data. A custom version of TEDDS will be freely distrbuted to allow engineers to use the examples.

ITN Political Editor John Sergeant will be the guest speaker at the SCI Annual Dinner in London on 10 November. Alongside a 35-year career in journalism Mr Sergeant has latterly developed a parallel career in light entertainment, on such shows as Have I Got News for You, and as an author.

European Union steel output will decline by 1.5m tonnes to 192m tonnes in 2005 while Chinese production will rise by 17% to 315m tonnes, says consultancy MEPS. Stockholders and other customers are said to be holding large reserves, which will give producers a breathing space to renovate plant. World growth in steelmaking capacity of 4.5% is predicted for 2005, half the growth rate of 2004.

Corus has started delivery of steel composite floor decking to a new terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris. Over 74,000m² of decking is being supplied to the new Terminal 3 building, including 7,000m² for walkways.

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