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SCNZ and Masterspec collaborate on purpose-built digital library for structural engineers

SCNZ partners with Masterspec to provide structural engineers with easy access to best-practice fabrication and erection information in line with AS/NZS 5131


7 December, 2020 Steel Construction NZ (SCNZ) and Masterspec have announced a new industry partnership to support best practice in the design, fabrication and erection of fabricated structural steel.


The standard AS/NZS 5131 Structural Steelwork – Fabrication and Erection defines best practice and is cited in the Building Code as the sole approved document for fabrication and erection. Importantly, it also provides the basis for the industry-led quality assurance scheme Steel Fabrication Certification (SFC).


The industry organisations will combine their AS/NZS 5131 content under a purpose-built digital platform called the ‘SCNZ Masterspec Structural Library’, which will be available with a free Masterspec licence to all SCNZ member organisations.


SCNZ General Manager Darren O’Riley says: “We’re excited to be partnering with Masterspec to promote consistent adoption of AS/NZS 5131 throughout New Zealand’s construction industry. Together we can provide structural engineers with better access to the tools and information they require to deliver quality, compliant steelwork for their projects.”


SCNZ has created a generic specification for general structural steel framing in buildings and structures. The specification, New Zealand Structural Steelwork Specification in Compliance with AS/NZS 5131, is an implementation tool for embedding the requirements of AS/NZS 5131 into engineering and steelwork procurement practice in New Zealand.


SCNZ Senior Structural Engineer Kevin Cowie, the SCNZ driving force behind the partnership with Masterspec, says: “This specification document significantly increases efficiencies in project delivery and cost, improve quality and compliance, and provide long-term value. Combined with SFC, our community can expect minimised risk, and fit-for-purpose and value-engineered outcomes for structural steelwork projects in New Zealand.”


SFC remains a cornerstone of the industry’s quality and compliance activities. Launched in 2014, the scheme ensures that participating structural steel contractors have appropriate personnel and quality management systems in place. Eighty-eight percent of the sector’s annual output is now delivered by SFC-qualified fabricators who manufacture structural steelwork to international best practice.


“In today’s global procurement environment, fabricated structural steel is sourced both locally and internationally for New Zealand building and infrastructure projects. In this setting, the means to demonstrate conformity and the necessary measures to regulate and control quality must be clearly specified. The AS/NZS 5131 standard provides the framework to ensure better quality outcomes,” says Mr O’Riley.


This partnership demonstrates SCNZ’s and Masterspec’s commitment to develop resources to meet industry demand for consistent design documentation and guidelines for best-practice steel construction methods, delivered through innovative digital platforms.




About SCNZ

Steel Construction New Zealand Inc. (SCNZ) aims to advance the interests of New Zealand’s diverse steel construction industry by promoting the benefits of steel solutions in building and infrastructure projects. Members include manufacturers of structural steel and steel products, distributors, fabricators, designers, detailers, galvanisers, and paint and building supply companies. SCNZ provides its members with technical advice on the latest in steel design trends and standards, networking opportunities and a representative voice with key industry and government decision-makers. For more information please visit


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Lisa van Beurden


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