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Austroads Bridge Conference 2017 - paper presented by Dr Peter Key
Compliance Seminars held in conjunction with EA
Read the presentations from the Compliance Seminars held in conjunction with Engineers Australia. A new one has just been added entitled 'Design and procurement of steel structures. The new risk-based approach in AS/NZS 5131. An engineer's perspective', held in Sydney on 26 July 2016.
Fabricator engagement sessions
These sessions took place nationally in August and September 2014 around the Fabricator Code of Practice (to be an Australian Standard) and the National Structural Steelwork Compliance Scheme. The presentations are for download
Steel and steelwork compliance discussion (PDF) (4 Mb) - Dave Ryan, National Marketing Manager, ASI
SCA and welding in the Code of Practice (PDF) (6 Mb) - Alan Nightingale, SCA Manager and Bruce Cannon, Chairman, Standards Australia Committee WD-003
COP - changes to AS/NZS 1554: An overview (PDF) (2 Mb) - Bruce Cannon, Chairman, Standards Australia Committee WD-003
Safe Design of Structures
The new harmonised Work, Health and Safety Act 2011 puts significant shared responsibility on all parties in the construction value chain, specifically including manufacturers, importers, suppliers, designers and constructors.
The ASI opinion is that material and product compliance is a necessary component of the solution.
The following group of presentations was delivered by TMR Brisbane, the ASI, Workplace Health and Safety QLD and Sparke Helmore, in Brisbane, 26 November 2012:
Safe Work and Designs: Implications of the new Work Health and Safety Act 2011 on compliance in construction steelwork (PDF) (2 Mb)
Managing Risk in Structural Steelwork - Third Party accreditation
The ASI as the peak steel body has an important role to play to inform the Australian design and construction community on issues affecting steel risk management. Following earlier seminars on revisions to the hollow sections and open sections specifications involving the tightening of marking and certification, the next step to manage compliance is third party certification.
Consult Australia urges that “without assurance that the steel we are inspecting complies with the relevant Australian Standards our certificates are meaningless and we are exposed to potential structural failures, court action and financial ruin”.
AIBS maintains: “Building certifiers rely on products and systems doing what they are certified to do and the best way to ensure this happens is with an independent third party.”
The presentations were given by Philip Sanders of ACRS and David Bell and Spiros Dallas of OneSteel as follows:
Conformity of construction steels - delivering confidence through ACRS certification - P Sanders (PDF) (4 Mb)
Managing risk in structural steelwork - Building with standards - D Bell and S Dallas (PDF) (2 Mb)
Introducing changes to AS/NZS 1163, AS/NZS 3679.1 and AS/NZS 3679.2
Compliance to AS 4100 and AS/NZS 1252:
Non-compliance issue with imported guard rails
Ensuring compliance and reducing non-conformance in steel design and use
Ensuring compliance for the national interest
Read more about ASI's concerted push to support the causes of ensuring compliance and reducing non-comformance in steel design.