The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has called for entries for the 2015 Steel Awards and photo competition. The entry deadline is Friday, 17 April 2015. SAISC communications manager Renee Pretorius says that after the high standard of the 2014 Awards, there has been extraordinary expectation throughout the steel construction industry in relation to this year's Awards.

There are several factors that are considered when judging. These include: the importance of steel as a structural component of the project, benefits achieved by using steel construction, aesthetic appeal, environmental or sustainability consideration, innovation in design, fabrication or construction, technical prowess required for realising the project, engineering expertise, exceptional quality of workmanship, tubular content, cladding: workmanship, innovation, special solutions, size, speed, architectural finish etc. and more.

The Bakubung Platinum Mine main shaft headgear won the Mining and Industrial category at the 2014 Steel Awards.

"In short, the primary criterion for Steel Awards is: 'Does the project illustrate what can be achieved with steel?" says Pretorius.

There are no fixed categories for the Steel Awards, as the judges decide on the categories and winners based on the actual entries received. However, the following awards and categories have been decided on: Overall Winner, Tubular Category, Light Steel Framing Category, Factory and Warehouse Category and a new category for carbon steel based cladding related issues. The 2014 awards covered these categories, as well as the Mining and Industrial, Architectural, Corporate Office Building and Bridge categories.

Entry requirements include pictures of the project as well as a description of the project and a motivation. The best photograph of any entry also wins an award.

The Steel Awards will take place in Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape on September 3rd 2015.

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