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President’s Column: July 2019

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One of the ‘problems’ with technology today is that we all get bombarded with information, which we either delete or file away to look at later. And then we forget about it. Even as BCSA’s President, I sometimes have trouble keeping track of all the useful publications that BCSA has produced. So I thought that this month, I would provide you with a summary of some of the really useful documents that BCSA has produced for the industry recently.

Cost is a fundamental consideration in the selection of structural frame material. As we all know, this selection should be based on project specific costings, but the challenge for cost consultants is to reconcile fluctuations in material prices against tender price data. The Costing Steelwork articles, published quarterly in Building magazine, outline a number of key cost drivers that should be considered in order to make steel frame rates project specific, and provide guidance on current cost ranges for different building types and locations.

The New Steel Construction Technical Digest 2018 brings together all of the Advisory Desk Notes and Technical Articles from the steel construction sector published in NSC magazine last year. Advisory Desk Notes are essential reading for all involved in the design of constructional steelwork as they reflect recent developments in technical standards or new knowledge that designers need to be made aware of. The longer Technical Articles offer more detailed insights into what designers need to know.

Typical Welding Procedure Specifications for Structural Steelwork outlines the most common weld joint types, in material grades up to and including BS EN 10025 – S460N, and details the route to qualifying them in accordance with the current European Standard. The book contains 20 preliminary Welding Procedure Specifications and 49 partially completed Welding Procedure Specifications.

We all agree that commercial teams should be properly educated about construction law. A great place to start is BCSA’s recently updated Construction Contractual Handbook (5th edition). This comprehensive Handbook aimed at sub-contractors covers all the important aspects of construction law in a compact and accessible way.

Of course, BCSA also produces member only guidance on a wide range of issues on an almost daily basis, to guide its members on commercial, technical, health & safety, training and business issues. These are an important part of membership and ensure that BCSA member companies are aware of new regulations, understand what best practice looks like, and have the knowledge to put it all into practice.

Tim Outteridge
BCSA President and Jamestown Manufacturing

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