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Online database offers guidance on concrete

The British Precast Concrete Federation (BPCF) and J&P Building Systems have launched a new online database for concrete specifiers and users.

Focusing particularly on precast concrete, the Key2concrete website aims to fill a gap in the information available, providing practical knowledge that usually only comes with experience.

The site comprises a series of data sheets to be viewed online or downloaded in PDF format. The data is searchable by subject or keyword, and covers a broad range of subjects including Connections and Fittings, Environment, Joints and Interfaces, and Lifting and Transportation.

“This is a way of getting some of this information out into the industry.”

Cliff Billington, Key2concrete

An additional “Ask Cliff” facility allows users to ask specific questions in confidence to Cliff Billington, J&P Building Systems Technical Director and the knowledgebase’s author.

Subsequent features to be introduced as the site develops include downloadable CAD files and in depth information on subjects such as sustainability.

Key2concrete will provide “guidance on best practice”, says Billington. “There is a vast amount of knowledge locked away in people’s brains. This is a way of getting some of this relatively low grade information out into the industry at large,” he said.

“By referring to the site, it is hoped that greater efficiency will result at the design stage to everyone’s advantage.”

With nearly 40 years’ experience in the precast industry, Billington represents the UK on several European Committees dealing with precast concrete, and has been instrumental in drafting several UK Standards.

Moving forward

BPCF CEO Martin Clarke said that the website “captures a mass of useful advice and detail for the greater good of the whole UK structural and architectural precast industry and its supply chain”.

“Key2concrete is a world-class, accessible and clearly written resource that has moved this dynamic sector forward,” he said.

The knowledgebase can be accessed at

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