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News in Brief – May 2011

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The BCSA and Tata Steel will co-sponsor a major sustainability conference in London on 7 July. The event, run by Building Magazine, will provide construction professionals with practical guidance on topics such as: operational energy, embodied energy, BREEAM, life cycle assessment and sustainable design. Leading practitioners will deliver a mixture of presentations, panel discussions and case studies. A website giving more in-depth information on the conference will go ‘live’ this month (May).

Tata Steel and Dyesol have decided to expand their joint photovoltaics development project based at the PV Accelerator Centre at the Tata Steel site at Shotton in North Wales. The number of personnel working on the project will be increased from 30 to 50. The £11M project, whose initial development phase is due to be completed in June 2011, set out to develop the world’s first continuously manufactured dye sensitised photovoltaic product on steel for building applications.

AceCad Software has released Service Pack 2 for StruCad evolution. This electronic release contains more than 40 fixes and enhancements that will benefit clients that have already purchased the original software. All users should have received a complementary email with full content descriptions.

The 2011 Steel Construction Industry Directory for Specifiers and Buyers is now available, free of charge, from the BCSA. The directory is the best source of information for those looking to find reputable steelwork contractors and suppliers to the steel construction industry. Please contact Gillian Mitchell MBE, Deputy Director General, BCSA, Premier House, Carolina Court, Wisconsin Drive, Doncaster DN4 5RA. Tel:  020 7747 8121 (direct line), Fax:  020 7747 8199 or Email:

Steel Day Scotland, a joint BCSA and IStructE event will take place on 5 May at Crush Hall, Path Buildings, University of Stirling. The day commences with a number of optional factory tours to Scottish BCSA members, this is followed by a series of lectures and finally a hot buffet. For more information contact Gillian Mitchell at the BCSA.

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