Technical Seminar on Steel building design to EC3 – Opportunities, Challenges and Changes

Date, time & venue
2017-05-11;6:45pm to 7:45pm;Room PQ303, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon


Speakers: Mr David Brown, Associate Director, Steel Construction Institute, UK




Eurocode 3 is slowly gaining traction in the UK, some 15 years after being published. In that time, much has been learned about how best to apply the Standard and how the more challenging requirements might be safely navigated. Based on considerable experience, David will discuss the key aspects of building design to EC3, identifying pitfalls to avoid, opportunities for efficient design and resources to make the design process easier. Topics will cover general design, joint design (including innovative connection components) and steel subgrade, all with a practical emphasis.


Although for many, the Eurocodes may feel relatively new, they are to be revised in approximately 2020, so David will conclude by introducing the more significant changes which are planned.


About Speaker:

David Brown commenced his career with British Rail, including spending three years as Resident Engineer on major bridges, a period with responsibility for tunnels and as manager of a small bridge design team. He left British Rail to join a small steelwork contractor, becoming their Technical Director and learning something of steel design in the process. Recession came, and after a spell as a connection designer with a large steelwork contractor, David joined the SCI. He is responsible for the Blue Book, the Green Book series and a range of other technical publications covering connections, portal frames, multistorey frames, brittle fracture, curved steel and EC3. David is a regular presenter of courses and webinars, and contributor of technical articles to New Steel Construction. David is a member of BSI committees concerned with loading and with steel design. He is also a member of European technical committees concerned with EC3 – both general design and connection design.


When asked what he does for a living, David’s family reply “he does hard sums”, which is a reasonable summary.


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