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[top] Online technical CPD seminars

Primarily aimed at engineers and architects, these free online technical CPD seminars (produced at the end of 2012) last around 50 minutes, after which users are invited to take a test to check their learning. A certificate can then be downloaded as proof of completion.

[top] Sustainability and steel construction

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Vulcan House in Sheffield
Steel framed: BREEAM Excellent

This presentation sets out the principal sustainable construction drivers in the UK and identifies key things that structural engineers can do to deliver sustainable buildings. It covers operational carbon emissions, building assessment, waste, materials and planning. Summary results from the Target Zero programme are presented and steel construction sustainability credentials demonstrated.

Online CPD - Sustainability and steel construction

[top] Introduction to EC3

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Buckling curves for members in compression

This presentation highlights the more significant technical features of EC3, highlighting the major changes in presentation compared to BS 5950. The presentation covers the Eurocode system of determining of ultimate loads and then introduces the Eurocode approach to the assessment of frame stability and choice of steel sub-grade. An introduction to the calculation of member resistances is given, including the calculation of flexural buckling resistance (members in compression) and lateral-torsional buckling resistance (members in bending). A number of useful support resources are highlighted. This presentation is complemented by the presentation of worked examples to EC3.

Online CPD - Introduction to EC3

[top] Worked examples to EC3

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Erecting precast floor planks
Image courtesy of Severfield (Design & Build) Ltd.

A series of numerical worked examples are presented, demonstrating the application or EC3 to common design situations. The use of the expressions given in the Standard is demonstrated, but also the use of look-up tables and other support resources. Each worked example is complemented by using the resistance tables in the ‘Blue Book’. The examples cover the design of struts, restrained beams and unrestrained beams, and members subject to both compression and bending. The examples incorporate the influence of the UK National Annex.

Online CPD - Worked examples to EC3

[top] Design for fire

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Large compartment fire test

This presentation examines the regulatory background to fire precautions in buildings in the UK and the most common methods of meeting the demands of these regulations. It describes the most common forms of structural fire protection and explains the role of fire testing. It also describes the special case of fire precautions in single storey buildings. Finally, the role of fire safety engineering is explained and its role in providing more economical solutions for fire safety in buildings than is explored.

Online CPD - Design for fire

[top] Portal frames

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Cranes erecting portal frames
Image courtesy of Severfield (Design & Build) Ltd.

Portal frames are an efficient, cost effective structural form for single-storey buildings, justifiably representing a large share of the market. This very common form of structure involves a range of structural behaviour that must be recognised and correctly addressed by designers. This presentation presents an overview of analysis and design, focussing on the key design consideration and critical detailing requirements that should be addressed in portal frame construction. The presentation covers the design rules as presented in EC3 and the UK National Annex.

Online CPD - Portal frames

[top] Steel floor construction

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Decking being laid out on a steel frame

Exploring the range of options available to Engineers when considering the design of a floor plate, this presentation gives practical thoughts on the what, when, where of different options such as clear span, metal deck or precast units. It also gives an overview of how to assess the performance of steel floors over the life of the building and the impacts of fabrication and erection on the overall cost of the building.

Online CPD - Steel floor construction

[top] Steel grades and specifications

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V-notch impact test specimen

This is a practical presentation providing guidance on a number of issues, including:

  • Should the Designer adopt S275 or S355 grade steel as their standard for sections?
  • Comparison of hot rolled with cold formed hollow sections and issues to be considered before substituting one for the other.
  • Why subgrade selection is important and the requirements of both BS5950 and EC3.


Online CPD - Steel grades and specifications

[top] Corrosion protection

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Airless spray application of paint

This presentation is designed to provide essential information and guidance for those concerned with the corrosion protection of structural steelwork. It covers how corrosion occurs, design detailing, methods of surface preparation, paint and metallic coatings, specifications and the importance of inspection and quality control.

Online CPD - Corrosion protection

[top] Weathering steel bridges

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A typical weathering steel bridge over the A1 at Wetherby
Weathering steel is a high strength low alloy steel that in suitable environments forms an adherent protective rust ‘patina’, to prevent further corrosion. The corrosion rate is so low that bridges fabricated from unpainted weathering steel can achieve a 120 year design life with only nominal maintenance. Hence, a well detailed weathering steel bridge in an appropriate environment can provide an attractive, very low maintenance, economic solution in many locations. This seminar, highlights the benefits of using weathering steel , describes the limitations, and comments on both the material availability and the appearance of such bridges. It also provides advice on a range of issues including, design and detailing, fabrication and installation, inspection and maintenance, and possible remedial measures should corrosion rates exceed those anticipated at the design stage.


Online CPD - Weathering steel bridges

[top] Design of floors for vibration

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Impulsive response

Reviewing industry standard practice for vibration, this presentation helps Designers to understand the science behind those general rules of thumb. It then walks through the simplified approach for Design of Floors for Vibration laid out in SCI Guide P354, gives a quick method to determine whether vibration will be an issue for a proposed floor and points towards guidance for special cases such as gymnasia, hospitals and car parks.

Online CPD - Design of floors for vibration

[top] Acoustics

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Composite floor on steel beams

This presentation provides information on the acoustic detailing of steel framed buildings for sound insulation. The presentation begins with some fundamentals about sound and how it behaves before moving on to look at the regulatory requirements relating to sound insulation in buildings and then some of the many solutions that are available for steel framed buildings. Guidance on the principles of acoustic detailing are discussed in the presentation along with sources of design guidance such as the online acoustic performance prediction tool. In addition, case study projects are referenced which give on-site acoustic test data.

Online CPD - Acoustics

[top] Steel the safe solution

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Example of a safe system of work with netting and edge protection

This presentation provides information on the safe erection of steel framed buildings. The presentation begins with some basics about how safe construction practice is established before moving on to consider the specific health and safety objectives for steel erection and how these can be met. The issues that need resolving are contextualised in terms of progress through the stages of design development and construction. Guidance is given on how competence is assessed and how specifiers may contribute to the selection of a suitably competent steelwork contractor. The importance of dialogue between designers and constructors is developed.

Online CPD - Steel the safe solution

[top] Fire Engineering Seminars 2013

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Unprotected steel beams at Plantation Place South, London.
Image courtesy of Arup Fire

The BCSA and Tata Steel held two Fire Engineering Seminars during June 2013 to educate architects and engineers in the principles and techniques that they need to know about fire-safe designs and to explain how these are applied in practice.

Leading fire engineering practitioners from the UK shared their knowledge and presented case studies. The Association for Specialist Fire Protection outlined their work in maintaining standards and supporting specifiers within the construction sector, and informative presentations by expert speakers from the BCSA helped to raise awareness on the most recent developments in the most cost-effective methods for designing buildings for fire.

Topics covered included: Legislation and trends; the work of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection; testing, principles and practice; simplified structural fire engineering; the design of unusual steel structures, including The Shard; and how architects and engineers can gain the best value from fire engineering.

Watch the online versions.

[top] Steel Construction – Pricing Webinar 2013

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Breakdown of costs of steel frame for a typical multi-storey commercial building

In September 2013, The BCSA and Tata Steel hosted a steel construction webinar that looked at the key cost planning stages to show how realistic cost planning throughout the design stages can help support timely and informed decision making.

The selection of frame configuration and material is a key design decision for all projects. It is important to get it right first time to avoid implications of changing at a later stage or building the wrong option, including abortive design work, increased cost, buildability issues and impact on the construction programme.

Topics covered included:

  • The setting of a realistic initial budget for the frame
  • The importance of undertaking holistic option analysis to support the concept design
  • The need for active cost planning during design development
  • Understanding the cost components of a steel frame


Chair: Richard Dixon, Manager - Structural Advisory Service, Tata Steel

Watch the online version.
(Please note that this was recorded live, so the sound is not of studio quality)

[top] Steel Construction – Cost Comparison Webinar 2013

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Architects impression of Building 2

In November 2013, The BCSA and Tata Steel hosted a steel construction webinar that provided an overview of a cost comparison study of current construction practice for multi-storey office buildings.

The study, undertaken by Gardiner & Theobald, Peter Brett Associates and Mace Group in conjunction with the BCSA and Tata Steel, reviewed two typical office buildings, and considered a number of potential frame types for each:

  • Building 1 - A low rise out of town business park office building
  • Building 2 - An eight storey city centre office


As decisions on frame material and configuration are based on a number of factors, not simply cost, this webinar provided a holistic comparison of each frame type identified by reviewing the varying design, programme and logistics considerations alongside a cost comparison and also analysed the embodied carbon impacts for the city centre office building.

Chair: Alastair Wolstenholme, Partner, Gardiner & Theobald

Watch the online version.
(Please note that this was recorded live, so the sound is not of studio quality)

[top] Steel Essentials Seminars 2013

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The BCSA and Tata Steel held four Steel Essentials Seminars during October and November 2013 to enable construction professionals to stay informed of construction best practice and the latest developments from the steel construction sector. The topics covered were:

  • Practical EC3 design
  • EC3 - the questions everyone is asking
  • Steel specification and design
  • Steel grades
  • Fire protection
  • Sustainability of steel construction


Watch the online versions.

[top] Steel Construction – Embodied Carbon Webinar 2014

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Cradle-to-cradle embodied carbon

Over recent years, the reduction of operational carbon emissions from buildings has been the primary sustainable construction driver in the UK. The Government has set ambitious and legally binding targets leading to significant improvements in the performance of new and existing buildings.

As the operational energy efficiency of buildings is improved, the relative importance of the embodied carbon impact is increasing. As a consequence, it is receiving more attention from designers.

In November 2014, The BCSA and Tata Steel hosted a steel construction webinar that gave designers an overview of how embodied carbon should be considered, and provided some practical guidance on how to assess embodied carbon on individual projects.

Topics covered included:

Speaker: John Dowling, Sustainability Manager – British Constructional Steelwork Association

Watch the online version.

[top] Fire and Steel Construction Webinar 2015

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Unprotected steel beams at Plantation Place South, London.
(Image courtesy of Arup Fire)

The UK steel construction sector benefits from the presence of a competitive structural fire protection industry, which has resulted in reduced costs and a steady supply of cost effective and innovative products. This has been complemented over the past two decades by a rise in the use of structural fire engineering, a development which has provided designers with an alternative to the restricted approach provided by prescriptive approaches. Both of these have contributed to significant improvements in building economics and efficiency.

The aim of this webinar is to give designers an overview of what fire protection materials are available, their costs and pros and cons. It will also provide case studies of fire engineering in buildings and provide guidance on when and where it should be applied.

Topics covered include:

Speaker: John Dowling, British Constructional Steelwork Association

Watch the online version.

[top] Thermal Mass in Buildings Webinar 2015

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Thermal mass as part of an integrated cooling strategy at the Cooperative Group HQ building
(Image courtesy of 3DReid Architects)

Thermal mass is the ability of the fabric of a building to absorb and store heat. Effectively utilised as part of a whole building HVAC strategy, it can reduce the energy required for cooling and, in some buildings, remove the requirement to provide air conditioning entirely. In modern multi-storey, non-domestic buildings, the greatest accessible thermal mass is found in the concrete slabs which commonly form the upper floors.

The aim of this webinar is to give designers an overview of the fundamental principles behind thermal mass, how it works and its limitations. It will also provide case studies of steel framed buildings which have used thermal mass.

Topics covered include:

  • The history of thermal mass
  • How thermal mass works
  • Technical issues in thermal mass
  • Performance of different flooring systems in utilising thermal mass
  • Limitations of thermal mass
  • Case studies in the use of thermal mass
  • The latest developments to enhance thermal mass


Speaker: John Dowling, Sustainability Manager – British Constructional Steelwork Association

Watch the online version.