The steel sector’s new website - www.steelconstruction.info - has been hailed as one of the most significant developments in making steel related advice available to engineers and architects since the internet started, and is already proving popular since its launch on 1 October.
The new site brings together for the first time all the technical and cost information previously available across a variety of steel sector sources into one place. It is a Wikipedia based site that has been described as the free encyclopaedia for UK steel construction, designed to be as easy to use and as comprehensive as possible - a first stop for technical guidance on steel construction.
The site is the result of a two-year development programme by Tata Steel, the British Constructional Steelwork Association and the Steel Construction Institute. Chris Dolling, BCSA Manager, Technical Development, said: “A survey confirmed that the internet has become the first port of call for architects and engineers
looking for design guidance and other information, so the steel sector decided to provide a class-leading internet based source for steel construction. It has already proven to be a great success with designers, which is no surprise as all the guidance they need can be found there and it couldn’t be more straightforward and simple to use.”
“It is a Wikipedia based site that has been described as the free encyclopaedia for UK steel construction, designed to be easy to use and as comprehensive as possible”
At the heart of the site is a series of over 100 interlinked technical articles written by steel sector experts and external consultants covering best practice in the use of steel. Topics covered include fire engineering, costs, sustainability and health and safety. These are all downloadable as pdfs and contain multiple links to other information sources. These core articles act as a roadmap to each topic, using links to more detailed information available from the sector and other external sources.
A number of online CPD presentations are also included, which enable users to take tests and download certificates for their records.
The steel sector has an ongoing pipeline of research and development, continuously updating its guidance in line with changes in legislation, standards and Industry practice, and the already comprehensive site will be continuously updated as new information and guidance becomes available.