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News in Brief – September 2009

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CSC’s structural design software Fastrak and Orion are now both fully compatible with the latest version of Autodesk’s Revit Structure 2010. To share models between Fastrak/Orion and Revit a free download is available from

Lindapter has launched ‘Assembly Selector’ an innovative tool that allows a designer to select the type of steel sections they intend to connect, resulting in the software suggesting an appropriate Lindapter configuration. The assembly is presented in an integrated SolidWorks windows and can be rotated in 3D and manipulated to clearly illustrate the connection and individual components.

Leighs Paints supplied around 20,000 litres of its FIRETEX paint for Wimbledon’s new iconic retractable roof. Selected by steelwork contractor Watson Steel Structures, FIRETEX coatings are designed to chemically react, in the event of a fire, to protect the steel and lengthen the time taken for it to reach its critical failure temperature.

The Steel Construction Certification Scheme has been accredited by UKAS for the National Highways Sector Scheme 19A – for Corrosion Protection of ferrous materials by industrial coatings. The SCCS is now carrying out certification assessments to the above scheme. This certification process will complement any existing BS EN ISO9001:2008 certified systems.

A new guide offering helpful advice and useful reference across a number of steel construction topics will be jointly published by the BCSA and Corus during September and available free with the October issue of NSC.

The pocket-sized guide known as Steel Essentials is also complemented by a website – – which includes links to reference works as well as sources of further information and a downloadable version of the guide.

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