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Checklist for Imported Structural Steelwork

The globalisation of the structural steel supply chain has sparked concern over the quality of fabricated steelwork in New Zealand building projects when sourced from low-cost countries. Demonstrating compliance of imported material with th...

QLT1002.pdf
Quality 28/06/2016 Alistair Fussell, Kevin Cowie, Dr Michail Karpenko, Dr Stephen Hicks
Ensuring Compliance of Structural Steelwork – Regardless of Origin

This article was first published in SESOC Journal Volume 29 No 1 April 2016. The globalisation of the structural steel supply chain has sparked concern over the quality of fabricated steelwork in New Zealand building projects when source...

QLT1001.pdf
Quality 28/06/2016 Alistair Fussell, Kevin Cowie, Dr Stephen Hicks, Dr Michail Karpenko
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Checklist for Imported Structural Steelwork

Written by Alistair Fussell, Kevin Cowie, Dr Michail Karpenko, Dr Stephen Hicks on June 28th, 2016.      0 comments

The globalisation of the structural steel supply chain has sparked concern over the quality of fabricated steelwork in New Zealand building projects when sourced from low-cost countries. Demonstrating compliance of imported material with the requirements of the New Zealand structural steel and welding standards can be very challenging: there are cultural, geographical and language barriers, and often a lack of independent quality assurance associated with offshore fabricator workshops.  Guidance for ensuring compliance of structural steelwork is provided in the following article:
  • Fussell, A., Cowie, K., Hicks, S., Karpenko, M., Ensuring Compliance of Structural Steelwork – Regardless of Origin, Steel Advisor QLT1001, Steel Construction New Zealand, 2016  (This article was first published in SESOC Journal Volume 29 No 1 April 2016) 
In response to requests from Building Control Authorities a checklist has been developed as a guide to assess compliance of imported fabricated steelwork. The checklist is to be read in conjunction with the above referenced article.  The checklist provides normative references to the corresponding sections of the NZS, AS/NZS standards and defines documentation required to claim compliance. Depending on the outcome of the assessment, the fabricated steelwork may be subject to additional NDT and (destructive) testing.
Topics: Coating Quality
 

Ensuring Compliance of Structural Steelwork – Regardless of Origin

Written by Alistair Fussell, Kevin Cowie, Dr Stephen Hicks, Dr Michail Karpenko on June 28th, 2016.      0 comments

This article was first published in SESOC Journal Volume 29 No 1 April 2016.

The globalisation of the structural steel supply chain has sparked concern over the quality of fabricated steelwork in New Zealand building projects when sourced from low-cost countries. Demonstrating compliance of imported material with the requirements of the New Zealand structural steel and welding standards can be very challenging: there are cultural, geographical and language barriers, and often a lack of independent quality assurance associated with offshore fabricator workshops.

This situation has placed greater onus on Construction Reviewers (typically Professional Engineers), as the technical expert relied upon by Building Control Authorities and clients to ensure steelwork for New Zealand building and infrastructure projects meets the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code.

The aim of this paper is help Construction Reviewers better understand their role and that of the fabrication company in achieving this end. It will also discuss international and local quality initiatives that will make the Construction Reviewer’s role simpler and lower the risk of non-compliance to them. This risk is very real, in Australia there have been examples of Professional Engineers being sued for damages to cover the cost of expensive remedial work associated with non-compliant fabricated products from low cost economies (SCNZ 2014). 
Topics: Coating Quality
 
   
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