ASI/NATSPEC presentation on AS/NZS 5131 Steelwork Specification – Adelaide

The new AS/NZS 5131 Structural steelwork – Fabrication and erection was published in Dec, 2016 and represents a paradigm shift in how we approach the fabrication and erection of structural steelwork for projects in Australia. The implementation of a risk-based approach, with assignment of a Construction Category (CC) from CC1 to CC4 in order of increasing risk to human life, embeds a fit-for-purpose layer that balances the often competing facets of project risk, safety, cost effectiveness and compliance.

With AS/NZS 5131 providing a solid technical foundation, it became a relatively straightforward process to develop the National Structural Steelwork Specification (NSSS). The NSSS and complementary Standard Drawing Notes are intended to be the primary implementation tool for engineer’s and specifiers to embed the requirements of AS/NZS 5131 into good practice steelwork procurement for projects.

The NSSS makes it straight forward for engineers and specifiers to establish a clear project specific quality benchmark and is hence an important tool for engineers to demonstrate duty of care in managing risk on structural steelwork projects.

This presentation will explore the background and basis for AS/NZS 5131, the structure of the NSSS and how to apply it, and a range of other support tools that the Australian Steel Institute (ASI) has developed to support improved compliance outcomes. The presentation also showcases the recent revision to the NATSPEC suite of documents, to reflect AS/NZS 5131 requirements and alignment with the NSSS. ASI and NATSPEC have worked together on both the NSSS and NATSPEC suite to ensure a national and consistent approach to structural steelwork specification in Australia.

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