The overall purpose of this project is to use electronic
information to improve the performance of steel
construction in Europe, to the benefit of both the steel
construction supply chain and construction clients. The
former primarily comprises SMEs which individually lack the
resources in the way envisaged and the latter group is
increasingly impatient for the construction sector to
provide better value for its business needs.
A global study in 1998 demonstrated that effective
provision of information is a key determining factor for
success for steel construction in the market place.
The specific objective is therefore to ensure that
relevant, market-focused information for steel construction
is more readily available, and more effectively
disseminated, throughout Europe. This information system
will be electronic, making the best use of web technology
and open standards. The information will be quality
assured. Exploitation will initially be through the wide
ranging contacts of the Consortium. Within the project
time scale, application will be extended to all existing
and potential users of steel in construction in Europe.
Sustainability, following the end of the project, will be
achieved by generating revenues from product and service
suppliers to the sector and by developing commercial
licences with the principal internet portals that serve the
wider construction sector.
All members of the Consortium are small Research and
Technology organisations which work closely with their
respective national constituencies, which collectively
comprise over 1000 organisations from all parts of the
steel construction supply chain.
The value of the project is 7.04 million Euro. Substantial
contributions will be made from the Consortium and their
national constituencies; public funding of 3.23 million
Euro is sought.
Keywords: steel, construction, information.