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News in Brief: November 2016

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ArcelorMittal has announced that its TRUSSES+ v 1.1 software is now available at the Appstore for iOS devices. TRUSSES+ software is said to assist with the preliminary design of large span trusses to the Eurocodes. In verification mode it carries out the design checks for the specified bracing, upper and lower chord sections. In optimization mode it estimates the cross-sectional dimensions of the truss elements for a given geometry, loading and arrangement of lateral restraints.

Distribution centre construction specialist Winvic has more than doubled its pre-tax profit from £9.6M to £22.8M. The Northampton firm, which was set up in 2001, has grown rapidly in the last two years on surging demand for steel-framed industrial and distribution warehouse construction.

British Land has been given the green light by the City of London for its 32-storey tower at 2-3 Finsbury Avenue, which is part of the 1980s built Broadgate re-development. Designed by Arup, the new tower will replace the building that housed Swiss bank UBS’ London headquarters until they moved into the recently-completed 5 Broadgate next door.

The UK’s Green Investment Bank [GIB] has invested £28M in a new energy from waste power plant at Millerhill near Edinburgh. The £142M facility will have the capacity to process up to 155,000t of non-recyclable waste from local residents into 94,000MW of electricity each year.

ArcelorMittal has announced a revised version of its Ozone software [Ozone v3.0.1], which calculates the gas temperature in the event of fire according to EN 1991-1-2 and corresponding steel temperature according to EN 1993-1-2.

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