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The BCSA and The Welding & Joining Society jointly held a seminar at the National Motor- cycle Museum on 5 February entitled New Welding Coordination Requirements for Structural Fabrication. More than 120 people attended the seminar which was chaired by BCSA President Richard Barrett. Key messages of the seminar included: learning about the new welding requirements and how to demonstrate compliance; understanding the roles and responsibilities of welding coordination; learning about the knowledge and competence requirements of the Responsible Welding Coordinator (RWC), and how to achieve recognition as a RWC.

LaserTUBE Cutting has com- missioned the world’s largest tube laser, which is designed to process medium and large tubes up to 508mm x 16mm in finished lengths up to 15m. It can also process square and rectangular sections as well as ovals on application. The company has opened a new extension to house the machine along with all of its sawing and processing equipment. LaserTUBE will be holding a two day event – 22 and 23 April – to promote these devel- opments. Invitations to this event will be posted to BCSA members and selected customers.

Architectural Profiles is now offering its second generation of the Strongbak structural wall framing system. It consists of structural panels inset between, or to the faces of, the verticals and horizontals of the frame.

Easi-edge has become the first edge protection provider to have been audited and joined the Steel Construction Sustain- ability Charter. The company has achieved Silver member status.

Following Gifford’s recent stand- ardisation on CSC’s Fastrak software across the Group, the Southampton office utilised Building Designer to design the new Hastings College Building. The high level of automation provided by the software, gave sig- nificant time savings and com- mercial benefits on this prestigious, education-led project.

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