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NEWS ICE’s Civil Engineering journal National Annexes being written AROUND THE PRESS February 2006 Steel buildings still cheaper Work has started on writing the Na- eters” and “non-conflicting compli- We want to give engineers that infor- than concrete. Steel-framed tional Annexes to the steel Euroco- mentary information”. mation, so the National Annexes will buildings are still cheaper des by a team from the BCSA, Steel Nationally determined parameters give references of where to get this than concrete-framed equiva- Construction Institute and Corus . are those for which each EU country information.” lents despite recent hikes in The National Annexes will provide takes responsibility – such as safety. Dr Moore’s team is working on steel costs – and substantially steel designers with the additional So the National Annexes will contain the five parts of Eurocode 3 and two cheaper than the past two information they need to make the safety factors, as well as other pa- of Eurocode 4 that have so far been decades. Simon Rawlinson of new Eurocodes work in a UK context. rameters on which the 18 EU coun- published. These cover rules for Davis Langdon reports on the David Moore, the BCSA’s Director tries that developed the Eurocodes strength of members, fire resistance, results of a recent compara- of Engineering says: “The National could not agree. connections, fatigue strength and tive design project Annexes won’t be large documents. Non-conflicting complimentary brittle fracture. The team has until And they are not there to explain or information is also essential for UK early 2007 to complete the work, after interpret the Eurocodes.” designers, as Dr Moore explains: “In which there will be a three year peri- Contract Journal What they contain, he explains, certain cases the Eurocodes don’t od of “co-existence” before the Brit- 18 January 2006 are “nationally determined param- give you all the information you need. ish Standards must be withdrawn. Kevin Underwood, Director of main contractor Buckingham talk- ing of the MK Dons stadium’s re- Machining 25 years of success designed roof: ”From my experi- ence working at Old Trafford fabrication, paint and technical with Birse, I’d said all along facilities over a 50 acre site. The that a cantilever design would most recent installation at Dalton shave £5M off the price… So was a state-of-the-art Kaltenbach we’ve moved to a traditional HDM1432 structural circular saw cantilever roof using slender and close-coupled KBX1215 3- trusses cantilevred off two axis carbide drilling system, the gridlines at the back of the combination of which provides stand...” well in excess of a 100% improved process efficiency over the first Construction News 1980 installation. 12 January 2006 John Severs, Severfield-Rowen Ray Kennedy of housebuilding The Kaltenbach HDM1432 saw and close-coupled KD1215, 3-axis carbide Plc Managing Director, said:”We contractor Kennedy Construction drilling system at the Dalton site will continue to take full advantage on hiring aerospace engineers Severfield-Rowen and machine sawing, drilling, coping and shot of Kaltenbach machine tool and to research light steel frames tool and processing specialist blasting systems. Severfield-Reeve processing expertise, as we have for housing: ”If they can build Kaltenbach are marking the Structures has grown dramatically done very successfully over the aeroplanes then they can build success of a 25 year association since installing the first Kaltenbach past 25 years, which has helped us steel frames for homes.” with installation of additional structural line in 1980 - a Kaltenbach become the UK’s leading structural machines at Severfield’s Dalton site. HDM 1300 circular saw - when the steel contractor. By continuing to Architects Journal This brings the number of active company operated from a single work with Kaltenbach we benefit 12 January 2006 Kaltenbach structural processes building at Dalton. The Dalton site from their undoubted expertise and On Corus Bi-Steel’s Corefast active across the Severfield-Rowen has expanded dramatically and their technology advances which system: To date, projects have Group to 22 on four sites. now has six structural processing have had a marked impact on our been for medium-rise build- The machines comprise structural lines and additional expansive operating efficiency.” ings. However, there is one of Barnshaws proves quality pays 18 storeys now in production and 100 storeys is felt to be achieveable. Steel bending specialist Barnshaws Steel Bending has Barnshaws had set up a new team to improve the layout proved the value of Quality Management by winning the of the company‘s plants and introduce new practices while Sunday Times first lean manufacturing award ever issued by Metal Indus- working towards gaining the new ‘Quality Management’ 11 December 2005 try Skills and Performance (Metskill), hot on the heels of accreditation – (BSI) ISO 9001-2000 Quality Management Prescott will launch era of achieving quality accreditation from the British Standards – in summer 2005. It was this team, the Barnshaws MICE big sheds. The deputy prime Institution. Team, which won the lean manufacturing award. minister has set out a planning Metskill launched its inaugural lean manufacturing Met- The award was presented, along with a prize of £1,000 framework that permits the als Industry Competitive Enterprise (MICE) Team of the year worth of high-spec audio-visual equipment, at the Court development of giant sheds to competition in partnership with and sponsored by the Wor- Dinner of the Worshipful Company in London in December. handle rising imports and the shipful Company of Tin Plate Workers, alias Wire Workers. Barnshaws Manufacturing Manager George Harrison growth in demand for internet Barnshaws was one of over 120 metals companies said: “Gaining the BSI accreditation means a larger mar- goods, which will be stored in invited to compete for the award to find the MICE con- ket is now available to the company and demonstrates our warehouses clustered close to tinuous-improvement team that has made an outstanding dedication to continuous improvement and development. motorways and rail depots. contribution to their company through improvements and It is great that this has been so quickly recognized by the culture change. MICE award.” 8 NSC February 2006


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