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News in Brief: June 2010

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From May a new on-line service is available to SCI members. One click of the information icon, on all SCI on-line resources, will trigger an advisory form for submission. This new electronic system now forms the heart of SCI’s advisory service – all advisory questions and answers are now recorded in this system. When a question is of general interest, the question is re-written in a non-specific way, and the answer made “public” on Steelbiz. Members can see both questions and answers – non-members only have access to the question.

The first joint Galvanizers Association and BCSA course was held on 29 April. The course provided information on modern steel specifications, steel metallurgy, steel cracking mechanisms, case studies and post-galvanising inspection methods. Further joint courses are to be held in the future.

WellMet2050 (, a five year project based at the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, held a one day briefing on 28 April to discuss the opportunities of re-using metals such as steel and aluminium. The aim of the project is to investigate options for manufacturing industries to reduce their carbon emissions through streamlining metal fabrication, using less metal and reusing rather than recycling.

Tim Stokes, Managing Director of Tension Control Bolts has completed a charity 86 mile walk along the length of Hadrian’s Wall. As part of a team, he raised £85,000 to fund a research student’s enrollment at St Barts Hospital in London.

The demand for Eurocode knowledge has reached India, and three SCI training sessions have been arranged for companies in Bombay and Hyderabad. The companies concerned had previously sent individuals on SCI courses and concluded that the best approach was to invite the lecturers to India. This approach also seems to be favoured in the UK, as SCI is running a series of regional in-house courses for a number of major UK consultants. For more information on SCI courses email: 

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