The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 68 (1990) > Issues > Issue 25 > New Techniques for Steel Structures
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New Techniques for Steel Structures

The paper discusses the remarkable regeneration of the British steel industry and reviews some of the techniques that are now available to steelwork designers as they approach the end of the millenium. Typical elemental costs for a ton of erected steelwork and for an office building are given. Areas of opportunity for further economy by simplifying or reducing fabrication are identified, and a possible solution is suggested. Alternative forms of composite floor construction are considered and illustrated. Composite columns, fire protection, loading, light-gauge steelwork and computers are also considered. P.R. Brett