What does the client want?
Value for money Flexibility Speed Safety
An economic construction material In design Pre-engineered
solutions
During design and fabrication
Continuous development in technology During
Construction
Short
construction period
During construction
Built in a short construction period In use
Savings throughout the project
Quality
and Reliability

Professional Approach

Sustainability
Prestige
During the
design process
Competent and
responsible contractors
At the
construction stage
Aesthetically
pleasing
During
construction
Advice and
support
After
completion
A structure
that reflects the clients ambitions
Relating to
cost
Integrated
electronic transfer of information

Environmentally friendly
After
occupation

 

What the Client wants?

How steel helps to achieve this:

Value for Money AN ECONOMIC CONSTRUCTION
MATERIAL

  • Increased productivity in steel
    manufacture and design, fabrication and erection have made steel a low
    cost way of building.
  • New low cost approaches to fire and
    corrosion protection are available.
  • Costs have fallen in real terms

CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT IN TECHNOLOGY

  • By investment in IT and CAD/CAM technology
    for engineering and production

A SHORT CONSTRUCTION PERIOD

  • Earlier possession of the building for use
    or rent.
  • Lower financing costs
  • Better site utilisation
  • Earlier access for following trades

SAVINGS THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE PROJECT

  • Early involvement of the steelwork
    contractor in the design process
  • Large unsupported spans
  • Smaller site footprint
  • A durable form of construction which meets
    the building life requirements
  • Slender columns resulting in maximising
    floor area.
  • An excellent strength to weight ratio so
    lower foundation costs
  • Offsite fabrication and lower site costs
    during construction
  • Prefabricated therefore greater
    independence from the weather
  • Low cost and efficient approaches to fire
    protection
  • Easy integration of services
  • Great flexibility in accommodating changes
    to the building
Flexibility IN DESIGN

  • IT and software.
  • Steel’s excellent strength to weight ratio
    creates an attractive and economic use of space when beams and columns
    have small profile areas.
  • New rolled and prefabricated section
    shapes.
  • Economic methods for shaping and curving.
  • Standardised solutions for floor systems
    and connections.
  • Opportunities to integrate large openings,
    for doors and windows
  • Fire engineering.

DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • Complementary structural components can
    easily be accommodated curtain walling readily and efficiently connected
    to the structure, and other modularised elements such as toilet pods,
    dry-casing, M&E items easily fitted.
  • Easy adaptation – during the construction
    period the client may wish to alter installations and this can readily and
    rapidly be achieved.
  • Steelwork connections, particularly bolted
    ones, can easily be released or re-made in whatever form necessary.

IN USE

  • The client may need to extend, to change
    the use of the building, to absorb changes in loading requirements, and to
    incorporate new installations.
  • Should an increase in loading requirements
    occur, then the structural elements can easily be individually
    strengthened, or additional members introduced or altered to suit.
  • Steel’s relative lightness in weight
    allows adaptation in the future to be easily accomplished.
  • New connections can easily be introduced
    by bolting or welding enabling alterations for services or changes of use.
Speed PRE-ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS

  • The construction preparatory phase enables
    the structure to be planned and connections to be selected for speed of
    erection.
  • Just-in-Time manufacturing techniques.
  • The steel frame is designed and
    manufactured from computer models directly linked to the CNC machines thus
    ensuring high dimensional accuracy and speed of erection.
  • Quick drying coatings technologies.

SHORT CONSTRUCTION PERIOD

  • Economical foundations – steel’s excellent
    strength to weight qualities result in small foundations which then take
    minimum time to construct.
  • Off-site manufactured elements – ready for
    immediate erection upon arrival on site, with no subsequent delays. This
    means following trades can carry out their work in parallel.
  • New erection techniques, eg use of mobile
    working platforms.
Safety DURING DESIGN AND FABRICATION

  • Extensive research and development by the
    steel construction industry into accident prevention.
  • Wide ranging Health and Safety guidance
    documents and procedures

DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • Off-site manufacture means less site
    activity.
  • Regulatory monitoring of machinery.
  • Risk assessments.
  • Use of mobile elevating working platforms.
Quality and Reliability DURING THE DESIGN PROCESS

  • World Class companies using tried and
    tested solutions.
  • Steel is a homogenous material and is
    subject to documented quality control procedures during manufacture and
    rolling. The Client can be assured of obtaining reliable and constant
    quality.
  • A wide range of section shapes and sizes
    in a range of qualities offers the most efficient and economic solution
    for the design requirements.
  • Successful use of IT.

DURING CONSTRUCTION

  • A qualified and trained workforce – in the
    fabrication shops staff are permanently employed, often for the whole of
    their working lives, and on site erection companies maintain a permanently
    employed labour force.
  • Independent Certification of in-house
    quality systems gives ongoing assurance of procedures and products.
  • Improved coatings technologies.
  • High quality surface finishes available
    for pre-site approval.
  • Bolted and welded connections are
    generally exposed and therefore are simple to check for quality and
    safety.

RELATING TO COSTS

  • Costs are predictable, which helps with a
    meaningful calculation of the investment and risk involved in the project.

 

AFTER OCCUPATION

  • The steel frame is visible for ongoing
    inspection.
  • The plastic behaviour of steel provides
    additional security in extreme loading situations, such as explosion,
    impact, terrorist attack and earthquake.
Professional Approach COMPETENT AND RESPONSIBLE
CONTRACTORS

  • The steel construction industry can give
    assistance to the client and his professional team with technical and
    budgetary advice at the planning stage of the project.
  • Industry standard details in design and
    connections offer economy in construction.
  • Full design can be carried out where
    required by the steelwork contractor.
  • Greater co-operation within the project
    team through partnering and the consequent improved payment profile result
    in benefits for all.

ADVICE AND SUPPORT

  • The industry’s advisory organisations can
    help the client and his team on all aspects of the design, costing,
    procurement, fabrication and erection process.
  • The Register of Qualified Steelwork
    Contractors enables clients to select independently audited companies
    appropriate to the project.
  • The National Structural Steelwork
    Specification can be relied upon to provide industry accepted standards.
  • Continual R&D in areas such as fire
    design, seismic resistance, health and safety, etc provide the client with
    safe structures and a dynamic industry.

INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC TRANSFER OF INFORMATION

  • The industry uses software for all aspects
    of its processes and engineering modelling tools enable the client and his
    professional team to interface directly with the steelwork contractor.
Sustainability AT THE CONSTRUCTION STAGE

  • Delivery of steelwork is relatively
    straightforward – requiring little space, time or inconvenience. The hours
    of delivery can be selected in order to reduce public nuisance.
  • Because steelwork comprises prefabricated
    elements, there is as a result less site disruption with adjoining
    properties.
  • Construction equipment normally used to
    erect steelwork is cranes and mobile platforms. These by their nature
    require little permanent or temporary space to operate.
  • Noise when manufacturing, delivering or
    erecting steelwork is not a major problem.
  • The speed of steelwork erection means
    inconvenience caused is reduced to a minimum period.

AFTER COMPLETION

  • Steel can be easily maintained so that
    colour and appearance can always be made to suit a constant or changing
    environment.
    Coatings developed through new technology last longer.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

  • Steel is basically a clean, user-friendly
    material – no dust, no spillage, little waste etc – and consequently no
    equipment employed to counteract such problems.
  • Steel can be reused, relocated or recycled
    once its use has been overtaken by events. Use is therefore responsible in
    environmental terms.
Prestige AESTHETICALLY PLEASINGSteel by its very nature has:

  • Clean lines
  • Slenderness
  • Large spanning
  • Architectural possibilities

 

  • It appeals to the client and his designer
    in terms of attractiveness as well as economy.
  • Colour, through paint, can easily and
    economically transform a building to satisfy the designer’s options.

A STRUCTURE THAT REFLECTS THE CLIENT’S
AMBITIONS

  • Steel has exhibited consistently great
    architectural beauty – suspension bridges, tall towers and high buildings,
    for example, the world over are magnets for tourism. Many steel structures
    worldwide are viewed as amongst the greatest achievements of mankind.