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This year’s annual SCI members event will be held at the Brooklands Museum, Surrey on 27 September. The event, also open to non SCI members, will include presentations from member companies, and full information will be sent out in the coming weeks. To register contact Lis Oliver on 01344 636525.

For the first time steel, concrete and timber are coming together to present a one day course on Eurocodes. The course is aimed at busy practitioners and provides a concise introduction to loading, load combinations and design in the primary structural materials. The course will cover key issues, with comprehensive notes for future reference, as well as tips and techniques to support practical implementation of Eurocode design. For information, dates and registration contact Jane Burrell on 01344 636600.

The Tekla UK model competition is open to all structural engineers until the 29 July closing date. The winners will receive a trophy, website publicity and a free advert. To find out how to enter your structural model please visit www.tekla.com

To meet increasing customer demand, Andrews Fasteners has set up a solely owned factory, Andfast Malaysia. The factory will enable Andrews to stock and supply a large range (from M6 to M64) of assembled products in different finishes in accordance with Andrews Fasteners’ Quality Approvals. The company has also recently updated its website  with information on the correct appliance of preload and non-preload fasteners and direct tension indicators.

Lindapter has designed a high capacity support assembly to secure a new baggage system to existing steel beams as part of the £31M Gatwick North Terminal baggage handling upgrade. The brief required a method of connecting vertical SHS hollow sections with stiffened end plates to various types of structural sections, including cellular beams, while delivering a safe working load capacity of 250kN per connection. Lindapter’s technical support engineers proposed the use of Type AF24 clamps with grade 10.9 bolts.

Using a new and refreshed publications style, SCI’s Design of Composite Beams with Large Web Openings is now available. To order a copy – full price £70 and £35 for members – call SCI on 01344 636505.

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