A cliché yes, but in many cases true!  On 19 July the Steel Research Hub hosted a workshop, of 28 people, exploring developments in research in cold-formed steel.  The event was a precursor to a Symposium to be held on 1-2 February, 2017, to which we hope to attract 100-120 delegates.

The workshop was hosted at the University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School facility at 1 Macquarie Place Sydney, which provides a convenient central location.  Attendees included academic researchers from UOW, Swinburne, QUT, Melbourne University, Western Sydney University and Sydney University, industry advocates and end users and representatives from peak bodies including the Australian Steel Institute (ASI), the National Association for Steelframed Housing (NASH), and the New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA).

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Presentations showcased research at the forefront of innovation in cold-formed steel, with a particular focus on structures such as mid-rise and modular buildings.  The Australian Standards and Australian Construction Codes were key areas of discussion with presentations from Professor Greg Hancock (Sydney University – cold-formed steel structures), Matthew Davey (Brookfield Multiplex – modular code) and Ken Watson (NASH – steel housing).

The workshop was well received, with many attendees, including project leaders from BlueScope, highlighting the value in taking a ‘snapshot’ of the current state of innovation in cold-formed steel research in Australia.

The Innovations in Cold-formed Steel Structures Symposium to be held in Wollongong in February 2017 will be sponsored by ASI, NASH and the NSW Department of Industry and hosted by the Steel Research Hub.  Confirmed speakers include Associate Professor Cris Moen from Virginia Tech and Associate Professor Charles Clifton from Auckland University.  Further information will be available on our website soon.