Expo to tackle hardest of topics

10 May, 2017

The Industry Capability Network WA (ICNWA) is continuing to educate suppliers around new Australian steel standards with its local industry participation booth at the APPEA oil and gas conference exhibition from May 15 to 17.

In collaboration with the Department of Commerce WA and Australian Steel Institute, ICN hosted a similar booth at the AOG Expo at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in March.

ICN principal supply chain consultant Daniel Holbrook says the main aim is to promote DOC’s Industry Facilitation Support Program around certifications of compliance to the new Australian Steel Standard AS/NZS 5131 released in December, 2016.

“James England from ASI will be available throughout the Expo to answer any questions suppliers have on becoming compliant and what the new standard actually means for local manufacturers and suppliers,” he says.

“It’s all being delivered under the one roof.

“The concept worked a treat to generate extra feet on the floor at the AOG Expo.”

The AS/NZS 5131 Standard was introduced to define good practice for fabrication and erection of structural steelwork for projects in Australia.

It is also the basis for the new National Structural Steelwork Compliance Scheme (NSSCS) aimed at ensuring what is designed is ultimately erected onsite with the quality and safety the community expects.

Under the NSSCS steel fabricators are audited and certified by an independent body to specific construction categories that link back to the national construction code.

ASI instigated the scheme after looking at best practice models in the US, Canada, the EU and UK, where the use of structural steelwork in major building projects is more prevalent.

ASI National Technical Development Manager Peter Key says the new standard is the key element that enables the NSSCS to operate as intended.

“Certification to the construction categories is in effect a national technical prequalification scheme which in time should result in enormous efficiency gains in the tendering process for both procurers and fabricators,” he says.

Holbrook says in addition to steelwork compliance advice at the exhibition, ICN will also set up a desktop for suppliers to come and look at the online platform ICN Gateway and review the company’s position on the site.

Consultants will be there to assist in navigating suppliers around the platform and provide some valuable tips on getting the most out of it.

The exhibition is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and ICN will be based at booth 239.

► For more information on the booth or to discuss upcoming opportunities in WA call (08) 9365 7623 or email info@icnwa.org.au

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