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Netting information

The BCA website provides advice on the transition from British to European concrete standards, Eurocements information sheets, subscription databases and online ordering.

Seeking sources of information on cement and concrete subjects is now a lot easier with a new subscription service from the British Cement Association.

Concrete.Info (www.concrete-info.com) links directly to the BCA's specialist database of almost 120,000 references on cement and concrete records from around the world.

Up-dated daily, all records relate to material held at BCA's Centre for Concrete Information.

Sophisticated 'headfast' search software provides instant access to information, combining benefits of fast, easy internet access with the advantages of BCA's Concrete Information Disc.

Order online More than 360 books on cement and concrete can now be ordered online from the Concrete Bookshop on www.concretebookshop.com.

Launched in 1999, the bookshop offers publications from the BCA, the Concrete Society, the Reinforced Concrete Council and the Ready-mixed Concrete Bureau.

The website can be accessed direct or via the BCA or Concrete Society websites.

Progress on standards A series of BSI publications produced under a DETR PiI project, aims to help users/specifiers of concrete, mortar and their constituents with the transition from British to European standards.

The main publication, to be published in the summer, is Standards for fresh concrete. This contains the whole of BS EN 206-1 and BS 8500 plus guidance woven together in a user-friendly form.

Contact BSI, 389 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4AL. Tel (020) 8996 9000 fax 020 8996 7400 www. bsiglobal. com A series of short publications is aimed specifically at helping the specifier use the new standards.

Completed modules are:

Specifying concrete to BS EN 206-1/BS 8500:

Concrete for normal uses Concrete resistant to chemical attack Lightweight concrete Visual concrete Coloured concrete Concrete for industrial floors European replacements for British Standards:

Concrete and its constituent materials Specifying constituent materials of concrete to BS EN 206-1/BS 8500:

Cements Admixtures To view the modules and to get up to date on those in preparation visit BCA's website at:

www. bca. org. uk/activities/mats tand/standard. htm Also on BCA's website are new Eurocements Information Sheets Nos 1 and 2.

Sheet No 1, Changing from British to European cement standards was the first in a series of publications aimed at smoothing the transition to the new BS EN standards for cements. It deals with common cements specified to BS EN 197-1:2000, the first harmonised standard in the construction sector.

Sheet No2, The kitemark and the CE marking of eurocements has been timed to coincide with the possibility of CE marking common cements from 1 April 2001 using the provisions in BS EN 197-2:2000 Conformity evaluation, the supporting standard to BS EN 197-1:2000.

BCA annual conference BCA is holding its annual conference at One Great George Street, London on 27 June. The theme of the event will be 'Building for a sustainable future'.

The one-day conference will feature speakers from all sections of the industry - architects, engineers, developers and contractors who will bring the audience up to date on current thinking on sustainability issues in construction.

Presentations will be given by leading experts in differing aspects of the subject and a variety of case histories from recent state of the art projects will be outlined.

Cost to attend the event is £120 plus VAT. A programme and booking form can be obtained from Dawson Smith, BCA, on (01344) 725753, e-mail dsmith@bca.org.uk

Celebrating concrete

A new book by David Bennett, Exploring concrete architecture - tone, texture and form to be distributed by BCA will be launched at a series of events nationwide: Modern architectural concrete can be engineered to be more responsive to structural forming and sculptural shaping than ever before. The many bold and vibrant examples of the use of concrete in this book confirm the belief that architects have learnt from the lessons of the past and are sensitive to the inherent properties of modern concrete.

Included are the works of Norman Foster, David Chipperfield, CZWG, MaCormac Jamieson Pritchard, Ove Arup, Michael Peter, Busmann + Haberer, Gunter Zamp Kelp, Axel Schultes, Christoph Mackler, Ben Van Berkel, William Neutelings, Marc Belderbos, Christian Kieckens, Jo Crepain, Scott Tallon Walker, Group 91 Architects, Soren Robert Lund, CUBO , Pinos & Miralles and Andrea Perea Ortega.

It remains to be seen whether the creative architecture reviewed in this edition can in time be as influential as earlier innovators.

Notable examples are the great Pier Luigi Nervi's Palazzo dello Sport in Rome, Robert Maillart's Salgina Gorge Bridge, Berthold Lutbetkin's High Point 1, Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal at John F Kennedy Airport, Oscar Neimeyer's Government Buildings in Brasilia , Erich Mendelsohn's De La Warr Pavilion and Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye.

Launch dates are as follows: 21 May, Glasgow: Macintosh School Of Art, University of Glasgow; Speakers Gunter Zamp Kelp and Peter Busmann. Starts 4pm finishes 6pm 22 May, London: University Of Westminster, School Of Architecture; Speakers Gunter Zamp Kelp and Peter Busmann - programme as for Glasgow.

Starts 5.30pm finishes 7.30pm 5 June, Oxford: Oxford Brookes University, Oxford; Speaker Ken Shuttleworth, Foster & Partners.

For further details and BCA ticket allocation contact Dawson Smith or Carmen Shead on (01344) 762676. For book sales contact the Concrete Bookshop on (01344) 725704.

Further education The 11th annual BCA conference on higher education and the concrete industry will be held on 3 and 4 July at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. The concrete communication conference will cover such important topics as European Standards, design and performance, concrete and the environment, diagnosis and assessment and construction and repair.

The future for university research will also be reviewed, along with teaching methods.

This year's event is the first to be organised jointly with the Concrete Society.

More information is available from Jacky Fitch on (01344) 725707, e-mail jfitch@bca. org. uk

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