The motivation of the BCSA and the AISC is to put forward their steel industries as legal, compliant and reliable. Significantly the UK/Europe and the USA have been able to keep poor quality fabricated steelwork (and sections, bolts, and consumables) to a very minor level because of quality issues shown up by a compliance environment.
The UK scheme is legislated through CE Marking (which affects all European steelwork fabrication), whereby structural steelwork is considered a safety critical item and thereby mandatory. The AISC scheme is voluntary.
What has it meant for these countries?
- The quality fabricators have been rewarded for their skills.
- It has provided a pathway for fabricators to advance through construction categories.
- It has minimalised substandard non-compliant or fraudulent product from overseas.
- It has dissuaded the ‘unqualified’ fabricator with non-compliant process or procedures to undertake inappropriate projects.
- Constructors produce compliant structures with reduced rework.