Message from Secretary General_September 2017

Posted on 30 September 2017
 

Source: SEAISI
The construction sector, the biggest steel consuming sector in ASEAN, started to gain prominence in the proceedings of the year-end event of the Institute – the ASEAN Iron and Steel Sustainability Forum – in the 2014 Forum in Singapore. In that year, a special session on “Construction Sector as a Major Steel Consuming Sector” was introduced which saw presentation of papers on Building Information Modelling (BIM), Use of High Strength Steel in Construction and Selling Building Solutions.
 
The favourable response to the above led to the inclusion of more sessions on the construction sector in the succeeding Forums of the Institute.  Thus the 2015 Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia featured three dedicated sessions on Construction Management & Sustainability; Smart Systems for Steel Construction; and Steel Materials & Innovative Product Developments while last year’s event in Bangkok, Thailand examined topics on Steel Engineering for Construction Sector; Steel for Sustainable Construction; and Workflow Integration and Management for Construction. 

This year’s Forum, to be held at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Manila, Philippines on 27 & 28 November 2017, will build on the momentum of past years’ events and delve deeper into more construction and construction related subjects. The special sessions will kick-start with presentation by representatives of the six ASEAN member countries of SEAISI i.e. Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam on the current status of the steel construction sector in their respective countries.  This will be followed by the sessions on Product Development and Steel Construction Improvement; Steel Applications for Sustainable Building and Infrastructure; and Green Solutions Using Steel Materials.

 
Some of the interesting papers that will be presented in the above sessions include:
  • The Development of High Strength Steel Plate with Improved Toughness and Weldability for Steel Box Girder of Elevated Highway Application by PT Krakatau Steel, Indonesia
  • Development of Hot Rolled Thin Steel and High Strength PosMAC Steel for Steel Structures by POSCO, Korea
  • Designing Steel to be Sustainable – Our Future Growth Depends on It by Liberty OneSteel, Australia
  • Green Building in Vietnam – Late off the Block but Catching up to Our Neighbours by NS BlueScope Vietnam
  • Market Development of Steel Structures in Japan – Standardization, Building Codes and Steel Products by Japan and Iron and Steel Federation
  • Application of Sustainable High-Performance Steel Structures by POSCO, Korea
  • Structural Workflow: from Feasibility/Concept to Fabrication/Drawing Generations by Bentley Systems, Singapore
  • The Seismic Design, Construction and  Applications of Steel Structures for Buildings in Taiwan by Dayan Engineering Consultant Corporation, Taiwan
Besides topics on steel construction, delegates to the Forum will also be updated on the latest developments in the steel industry through the session on Steel Market Developments. In this session, there will be an update on ASEAN Steel Industry Development Scenario by SEAISI; an overview of the Build, Build, Build Programme of the Philippine Government by Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippines; a peep into Future Trend  in  Global  Demand  of  Steel by Tata Consulting  Engineers Limited; a look at Competition to Chinese Steel Exports amid Supply-Side Reforms by Platts; and an examination of China Steel Export Prices by Metal Bulletin.
 
The half-day plant tour on the second day of the event will visit the facilities of Steel Centre Philippines Inc. The company is a specialist in steel fabrication and erection as well as a leader in custom-made steel structures.  
 
For detailed information and registration, visit the SEAISI official website at www.seaisi.org. Register now to participate in this important year-end event of the Institute!
 
     TAN AH YONG
 


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