BIMThe BIM Institute has evolved to include BIM educational activities, owing to the growing knowledge needs of BIM standards in the built enviroment. The key objective to promoting BIM upskilling at partnered events such as Building Smart Summit 2017 (22 & 23 February 2017) the ACE/TCE Construction Expo ( 23 & 24 May 2017) and Cape Construction Expo(10-11 August 2017) will be to upskill delegates in BIM methodologies and to optimise the effectiveness of processes and workflows on a BIM project.

bim-workshop-durbanA key tenet to the BIM BAM BOOM Workshops 2017, two day events held in Durban, JHB and Cape Town, is for professionals to become familiar with BIM protocols regardless of their profession while gaining knowledge exchange between, design professionals, contractors and asset managers in the built environment which will hopefully assist in closing the knowledge gap that exists between us and other first world countries. More specifically the BIM BAM BOOM workshop starting in February 2017 in Durban is collocated with the Smart Building Summit and KZN Construction expo, giving delegates free access to all three events under one roof.

The BIM workshop will provide a special platform to educate industry professionals and other key decision makers on implementing international BIM standards and processes on projects in Africa. This will also allow members to engage and understand templates (ie. BIM Execution Plan) that are used globally when executing a BIM project. The aim with these events is to identify an opportunity which speaks to all and starts sowing the seed in delivering BIM processes on projects in Africa. The final overall deliverable is to also ensure opportunities are developed locally and internationally for professionals within our industry.

Click here to register for BIM workshop 2017

Nominations open for Africa Energy Awards. Closing 29 January


It’s time again for the biggest awards ceremony on the energy calendar: The Africa Energy Awards

Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the African power sector,’ they are, without a doubt, the sector’s leading barometer of excellence and success. An evening of glitz and glam – attended by the Who’s Who of the sector – is something that you have to be part of. 

Stand a chance of being one of the winners on the night by nominating yourself or your company in one of our 5 categories. You are also encouraged to nominate a deserving individual or company (other than yours) for the awards. 

Just click on the category below to nominate yourself or your company…

The Categories:

To nominate, simply click on your chosen category, answer the questions and submit. Nominations close: 29th of January 

The importance of safety in balustrades

The importance of safety in balustrades

steel-studio-image-1-1Often the safety requirements of balustrades are overlooked when designing the balustrade system for your dream home. Clients envision floating staircases without balustrades and express that it will detract from the design. A balustrade is a structural element which may not be eliminated from a staircase and is compulsory as per the building regulations at any change in level of more than 1m.

Accepting that a balustrade is a compulsory structural and safety element in your home, there are numerous SANS compliant and aesthetically pleasing types of balustrades that will complement your dream home and will not detract from the design. Steel Studio offers a wide range of balustrades that are approved by a structural engineer and will take care of your safety concerns, however, you will undoubtedly find a design that suits your home.

Types of Safe and aesthetically pleasing balustrades available at Steel Studio include:

Stainless Steel Balustrades:

Various post shapes are available and are custom engineered to Steel Studio’s approved safety specifications.

No air gaps of more than 100 mm as per SANS requirements.

Stainless Steel is available in grade 304 180 grit or grade 316 mirror polished finish. One of our qualified sales executives will advise on the correct grade suited to your application.

Stainless Steel Post and Glass Balustrades:

For those clients that wish for an uninterrupted view but would like a balustrade system that fits within their budget, our Stainless Steel Post and Glass Balustrades offers you a glazed balustrade that provides you with all of the beauty that glass offers and also the safety requirements of our balustrade systems including a price that suits your budget.

Frameless Glass Balustrades:

For the definitive balustrade that ticks all of the boxes in terms of superior design, aesthetics and safety requirements, this range of balustrades will complement from the most conservative to the most ultra-modern architectural design.

All of our balustrades are in line with structural engineers’ calculations and SANS 10160 loading requirements, all balustrades are designed to comply with the relevant occupation categories as outlined in SANS 10160 eg. 0.5kN/m, 1kN/m and 1.5kN/m etc.

No air gaps of more than 100 mm are present in the balustrade system and are as per SANS requirements.

All custom balustrade systems are designed and tested in consultation with a professional structural engineer and in accordance with SANS deemed to satisfy requirements.

View our SANS compliant balustrades solutions now