Recent SBG projects
Organisation of a workshop on steel bridge construction issues
The SBG organised a consultative workshop on steel bridge construction which was held in May 2017. Aimed primarily at main contractors, it sought to identify the problems they face throughout the lifecycle of steel bridge projects, and investigated what can be done to make steel bridge solutions more competitive, easier to procure and more appealing from a whole life perspective. The outcomes of this workshop have been used to provide direction for SBG's future activities.
Development of SBG guidance for designers in relation to contract specific Appendix 18/1 for the structural steelwork specifications from Highways England and Network Rail
The recently published structural steelwork specifications from Highways England and Network Rail were developed in accordance with EN 1090-2, the European execution standard. For some of the clauses, designers are given a choice between several options or have the possibility to specify additional information - and this must be referenced in a 'contract specific Appendix 18/1'. The SBG has recently released guidance to help designers compile such Appendix 18/1 according to best practice in steel bridge construction, which is mainly taken from the guidance from SCI P382 (SBG's Model Project Specification), updated where necessary. This new Publication is entitled 'Steel Bridge Group: Completion of Appendix 18/1 for use with Specifications for Highway and Railway Steelwork' (SCI P418) and is available from Steelbiz.
Current SBG projects
Development of new SBG guidance
The workshop on steel bridge construction organised in May 2017 highlighted the need for additional SBG guidance on the following key topics:
- Design for operation and maintenance;
- Design competence.
Initial work on the development of such additional guidance is currently being carried out.
Raising awareness of existing bridge design guidance
The workshop also highlighted the need to raise awareness of existing bridge design guidance. As such, the SBG has undertaken a number of activities for this purpose, including a participation to the Bridges 2018 conference held in March 2018.
For more information on the SBG contact:
Secretary for the Steel Bridge Group
Silwood Park, Unit D
, Buckhurst Road
Tel: +44 (0)1344 636 550 |