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News in Brief – October 2006

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Seven managers from companies including Corus and Metsec who are participating in the Metals Industry Managing for Success pilot programme have recently completed their NVQ level 4 in management. This newly designated NVQ plays an integral part in the programme, which focusses on the long-term benefits individual training and company orientated projects can have on business development.

CSC’s new integration tools within its Fastrak Building Designer and 3D+ have been developed with the flexibility to allow engineers and technicians to choose a design and CAD process that best suits their needs. When models are merged, all the proposed amendments are reported to the user without compromising any existing data.

FBEAM 2006, the new design software package from Fabsec, was launched in September. It gives structural engineers a new project capability to manage beams collectively, while an edit function permits the rapid design and modification of multiple members.

Dr Derek Tordoff’s two-year tenure as Chairman of the Metals Forum has come to an end. “I would like to thank the members for the confidence they showed in electing me as their first Chairman,” he said.

The Eurometal Steel Net Forum 2006 will take place on 13 October 2006 at the Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, Birmingham. The NASS Steel Industry Dinner will be held on the preceding evening at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel. For more information on both events fax: 0121 236 7444.

A 21st Century steel reinterpretation of an ancient Egyptian pyramid opened in August in Kazakhstan. Known as the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, the £37M building was built in 18 months and Buro Happold was structural engineer.

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