Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Feasibility Study | Award Amount: 100.82K | Year: 2015
The objective of this project is to encourage widespread reuse of structural steel in the UK through improved coordination and information exchange along the construction supply chain. Currently only 5% of structural steel is reused, but reusing steel leads to significant energy and emissions savings compared to the common practice of recycling steel. By coordinating information from designers and demolition contractors, the supply and demand of reused steel can be matched, leading to the deconstruction and reuse of buildings compared to traditional destructive demolition. This in turn, will lead to reduced embodied emissions impacts, cost savings and the development of a new UK market supporting steel reuse. This project will examine the practical and economic feasibility of establishing an on-line information portal through which the supply and demand of reused steel are mapped to stimulate a reused structural steel market.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Small Business Research Initiative | Award Amount: 79.86K | Year: 2011
Abstracts are not currently available in GtR for all funded research. This is normally because the abstract was not required at the time of proposal submission, but may be because it included sensitive information such as personal details.
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Development of Prototype | Award Amount: 23.40K | Year: 2012
SCI has a membership in excess of 400 companies and individuals and is the leading independent provider of technical expertise and disseminator of best practice to the steel construction sector. To facilitate this activity SCI developed Steelbiz at the start of this millennium, an (at the time) innovative on-line technical information system for use of the UK construction industry with the aid of UK government funding. The relevance of this initiative is even greater today than it was, with industry switching from hard copy information and growing demand for a wider volume and variety of information provided electronically and available on an ever increasing number of platforms and utilisable in a variety of ways. For the construction industry this changing need for how information is presented is compounded by the need to adopt Eurocodes. The on-going migration to these pan European design standards, which are replacing the former BS documents, is presenting industry with an unprecedented need for readily accessible information and advice. Discussions with our members over the past two years have revealed that whilst Steelbiz contains an ever expanding body of useful information from technical publications through to advisory notes and guidance for specific engineering problems, amounting to over 5000 individual items, users would like to be able to manage and have available exactly what they want, where they want it. The aim of this project is to use our expertise in engineering and software to explore with our members innovative options for on demand, managed information provision. The project will provide quality assured information from Steelbiz and present it directly to users in a range of ways. These could include pushing requested information directly to member company intranets, and to mobile devices such as phones and tablets.