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News in Brief – March 2011

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The BCSA’s model specification for structural bolts and fasteners has been updated to comply with the European Standards for structure bolts and the requirements for CE Marking. The revised specification was launched at the National meeting on 24th February 2011. Furthermore a copy of the specification will be issued to all BCSA members and the specification will be put on BCSA’s web site ( for free download.

The Steel in Fire Forum, a discussion group for researchers and designers interested in the behaviour of steel and composite framed structures under the influence of fire, will hold its next meeting at the Institution of Structural Engineers, 11 Upper Belgrave St, London SWIX 8BH on 12 April, starting at 11am. The meeting is open all, and those wishing to attend or needing a copy of the agenda, contact 

Barrett Steel (Woodberry Chillcott) Bristol facility has installed a new flat bed laser machine for the cutting of sheets and plates. The machine can cut mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium with thicknesses from 0.9mm up to 25mm, 20mm and 12mm respectively. Large components, up 4m x 2.5m can also be cut on the laser machine.

Tekla Structures 17 is now available for download from the Tekla Structures website. This latest version is said to incorporate a number of improvements for project collaboration, such as better management tools and more interfacing with other software systems. The version also features improved clash checking, organising, viewing, snapping and is now certified to support the use of 3Dconnexion mouse.

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