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NEWS CSC upgrades software CSC is releasing new versions of its ferent software products, and compli- software products during the first ance with the latest design standards half of 2006. The first available is the and guides. TEDDS® calculation pad software CSC has also launched a new Fas- – Version 9. The new version con- trak Wind Load Modeller. The new tains many new library calculations auto wind loading is in accordance from snow loading to enhanced re- with BS 6399 and has been developed taining wall analysis and design. Ad- for the Fastrak Building Designer. ditional calculations for steel as well It calculates the wind loading for a as other materials are included and structure using BREVe software using many improvements have been made 3D models. The system can give sig- to the mathematical functions. CSC nificant time savings and can apply provides regular updates to ensure the wind load to automatically cre- continual improvement of all their dif- ated zones for any shaped structure. Warrington Combisafe launches regeneration underway new safety system A new steel framed bus interchange shopping centre, makes the site very and cost savings to is forming a central part of a major restricted” said The A A Group’s steelwork contrac- development and regeneration of Managing Director Kevin O’Keeffe. tors.” Warrington Town Centre. The A A The first phase of steelwork in- New features Group erected the structural steel, volved the erection of 37t of steel to include a closed for main contractor Kier North construct a public tunnel from the toeboard to ensure West, in three phases due to site Golden Square shopping centre to debris is contained restrictions. the temporary bus station. The fol- and an attachment Work began in July 2005 when the lowing phases saw the erection of system that allows old bus station was demolished, with the main structural frame containing for vertical and hori- a temporary station situated right a total of 148t of steel. zontal adjustment. in front of the site. “The temporary Construction of Warrington Inter- The ‘Adjuster’ ena- bus station, along with being in the change is expected to be completed Combisafe has launched a new bles the worker to raise or lower centre of the town and next to the by July this year. edge protection system that is the barrier using one hand and said to be “stronger, adjustable, without dismantling the whole lighter, easier to install” and de- system, which allows for ele- signed specifically for steel frame ments such as glass facades to construction. be installed safely with the barrier Steel Mesh Barrier Mark II in place. replaces Combisafe’s existing A custom holder is bolted on SMB, and is designed to be fit- to the barrier post, with the mesh ted to steelwork at ground level, barrier attached by a hook, allow- it is then lifted into place with a ing the barrier to be attached at crane, which speeds up erection any height so work can be car- times. Combisafe’s Director of Op- ried out underneath it. The SMB erations Barney Green said: “The MkII system also has reinforced edge protection has several new flat-bar edges to prevent damage safety features and offers time during transport. Diary BCSA and the SCI, will be announced. 13 – 16 March 2007 Contact Gillian.Mitchell@steelconstruction.org Pacific Structural Steel Conference 23 – 27 April 2006 Interbuild 2006 First call for papers. Wairakei, New Zealand Exhibition showcasing best practice, recent 15 – 17 May 2006 Steel, Space For details visit www.pssc2007.com technological advances and new product development in and Composite Structures the building industry. NEC, Birmingham The 8th international conference promotes 30 July – 1 August 2007 www.interbuild.com international communication, new ideas, developments International Conference on Steel and innovations. and Composite Structures 22 June Structural Steel Design Awards Luncheon Kulala Lumpur, Malaysia. First call for papers. University of Manchester. Winners of the 2006 awards sponsored by Corus, the For details email: cipremie@singnet.com.sg For details email mcc.reg@manchester.ac.uk 10 NSC March 2006


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