November 2012 – First port of call for steel advice
The steel sector, already renowned for providing a wealth of information, guidance and other advice, has launched a new website that brings together all the technical and cost information previously available across a number of steel sector sources, into one easy to use location. The new website, www.steelconstruction.info went live on 1 October and is already proving popular with architects and engineers as the new go-to source for information.
A recent survey showed that there was already a wealth of design guidance available, but spread across a number of different sites it wasn’t always easy to find. The solution has now been provided in the shape of a new online steel ‘encyclopaedia’ that can be easily accessed and is straightforward to use. The site has been developed over the last two years by the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA), Tata Steel and the Steel Construction Institute.
It can be described as a ‘wikipedia’ for steel construction and can be easily found via a Google search thanks to search engine optimisation strategies. It can be accessed via any device like smart phones, iPads or computers. The information will be developed as new material such as design guidance becomes available and old advice is updated, although it is fairly complete as it stands today.
The hope is that the earliest users will tell their colleagues about it and it will quickly become the go-to source for steel construction related information – there is already clear evidence that this is happening and that architects and engineers are finding the new site a useful resource.
The steel sector wants people to let it know what they need; this information will guide future market development activity so take a look at www.steelconstruction.info and let us know what you think.
An encouraging reception has also been given to the new NSC website which went live on 1 September, at www.newsteelconstruction.com, As well as featuring current issues and having its own search function, the new site contained searchable digital magazine versions of NSC for the past five years at launch; this has now been extended to seven years and will soon be eight years. Just like the new steelconstruction.info website, the NSC website and the digital magazines can be viewed with full functionality on virtually any device, including smart phones, iPads and laptops.