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Factory Production Control Certificates (FPC)


BC1:2012 Design Guide on Use of Alternative Structural Steel to BS 5950 and Eurocode 3
This is the 2nd edition of the design guide BC1 which serve as Singapore's national code of practice for the use of alternative structural steel materials in design to the British Standard "BS 5950 Structural Use of Steelwork in Building" and Eurocode 3 "EN 1993 Design of Steel Structures", including those maufactured to British and European Standards. Where applicable, Eurocode 3 refers to the suite of Structural Eurocodes adopted under Singapore Standards SS EN 1993 as well as the Signapore National Annexes to SS EN 1993. Steel materials not covered in BS 5950 and Eurocode 3 by default shall be allowed with or without restrictions if they are in comliance with the provisions of this design guide.

This design is expanded to cover additional new steel as well as re-use steel materials previously not considered for applications related to earth retaining or stabilizing structures such as steel strutting system and sheet piles only. The key objective is to ensure that only adequate (in terms of material performance) and reliable (in terms of quality assurance) steel materials, regardless of the standards to which the materials are manufactured to, are used in the design of permancent and temporary structural steelworks to ensure quality and public safety.

This design guide only gives provisions for structural design based on BS 5950 and Eurocode 3, and therefore only serves as guidance at the design stage. It has been assumed in the drafting of this design guide that the execution of its provisions is entrusted to appropriately qualified persons, in compliance with appropriate execution standards to control materials, fabrication and erection of steelwork.

As a code practice, this design guide takes the form of guidance and recommendations. It should not be quoted as if it was a specification and particular care should be taken to ensure that claims of compliance and not misleading. Reference for additional design recommendations other than those given in this design guide shall be made to relevant parts of BS 5950 and Eurocode 3.

Design Guide on use of Structural Steel

Explanatory Notes for BC1-2008


LIMITATION ON LIABILITY
The Singapore Structural Steel Society is taking an active role in supporting the above initiative. With assistance from the industry, we have compiled a growing list of FPC certificates for download to aid the construction sector during this transition stage. Note the certificates below being made available are listed without charge for reference only. It is not a complete listing and does not imply they are being accepted.

SSSS or their representatives shall not be liable to the company for any damages or loss suffered, legal suits, expenses, loss or damages suffered by the User and caused by or related to the User’s use of the list of below certificates.

The User agrees not to make any claim against SSSS and their representatives in the event that any claim or dispute arises between the User and a third party as a consequence of or relating to or in reliance of the SSSS list of below certificates.


INDEMNITY
The User agrees and shall indemnify SSSS and/or their representatives against all loss and expenses suffered by SSSS and/or their representatives including but not limited to all claims by any third parties against SSSS and/or their representatives arising from the use of the list of below certificates.

The Factory Production Control certificates listed below are for reference only, being posted around 2009 when BC1 was introduced. Users are encouraged to contact the individual manufacturers directly for their latest valid FPC certificates.


FACTORY PRODUCTION CONTORL CERTIFICATES

SSSS has discontinued the FPC Listing. Users are encouraged to contact the certified bodies on FPCs.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


FPC-FAQ1

Who is BC1 applicable to?
Where a submission is being made to BCA for structural plan approval,
structures with steel elements being submitted for approval would have to meet
BC1 requirements.

FPC-FAQ2

Obtaining FPCs for structural bolts and nuts is proving difficult
(up to 6th March 2009).
What is BCA’s position regarding bolts and nuts
having no FPC certificates? How will they be treated?


As of 1st January 2009, structural bolts and nuts are to meet BC1 requirements.
Without FPC, the bolts and nuts are treated as Class 3.

However, the supplier may wish to qualify the bolts and nuts for Class 2,
subject to meeting the recommendations within BC1 for testing and the
relevant British Standards for sampling.


FPC-FAQ3

Where can I find a list of certification agencies acceptable to BCA?

Are there any other certification agencies acceptable to BCA apart from
those listed (e.g. CARES, Universitat Karls ruhe (TH))?


The list of certification agencies acceptable to BCA can be found in Annex B
within the Explanatory Notes for BC1:2008.

Reference to be made to BCA on certification agencies not currently
listed in Annex B of the Explanatory Notes for their acceptance.

BC1 and the explanatory notes can be downloaded at the following URL links:


Design Guide on use of Structural Steel

Explanatory Notes for BC1-2008


FPC-FAQ4

Does a structural steel designer have to design his structure base on Class 2
materials because he anticipates a lack of availability of Class 1 materials?

FPC requirement is not an excuse for a designer to over-design a structure.
It is a means for ensuring material quality by ensuring manufacturers have
undergone a quality audit.

Over-designing steel structures is not advantageous to the developer
because they will have to assume the additional cost.

Therefore it is advised that the designer still approach designs
on the assumption of the availability of Class 1 materials.


FPC-FAQ5

Are there are any mills in China where they have FPC/CE mark for steel sections
(ie I-beams, columns, angles, channels etc).


Feedback from industry is that there are no mills with FPC in China
where they can source for steel sections.

There are manufacturers of steel sections in China with FPC certificates.
Reference can be made at www.ssss.org.sg for examples.


FPC-FAQ6

For structural steel materials (i.e. plates and sections) that are manufactured
to BC1 certified specifications but the manufacturer is unable to provide an FPC,
what is the testing required to classify such materials to be Class 2?


Reference should be made to Appendix B within BC1.


FPC-FAQ7

Can steel specifications and grades not listed within BC1 be certified
by accredited assessors?


Using steel sections in JIS Grade SS400 as an example, since this grade
is not a certified specification within BC1, an FPC issued for Grade SS400
is not acceptable within the guidelines of BC1.


FPC-FAQ8

Can JIS Grade SS400 be used without FPC certificate?

No.



FPC-FAQ9

Who can I direct queries or feedback on FPCs to?

Queries or feedback with regard to Factory Production Certifications issued by the respective certification agencies in compliance with BC1 can be directed to their email contacts listed below.

 

Lloyd's Register Global Technology Centre Pte Ltd

1 Bukit Batok Street 22 #03-03B, GRP Industrial Building, Sinagpore 659592

Mr. Hoon Kiang Tan - Manager R&D - Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website: www.lr.org

 

ABSG Consulting Inc

438 Alexandra Road, #09-01 Alexandra Point, Singapore 119958

Mr. Suresh S. Bheema - Vice President (Asia Pacific Region) - Email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mr. M.S. Rajendran - Head (Engrg & Facility Verification) - Email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mr. Andy Yan - Technical Representative - Email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website: www.absconsulting.com

 

CKM Consultants Pte Ltd (Bureau Veritas Group Company)

89, Short Street, #08-07, Golden Wall Centre, Singapore 188216

Er. Abhishek Murthy - Managing Director - Email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Website: http://www.bureauveritas.com, www.ckm.com.sg

 

KR Asia-Pacific Headquarters (Singapore)
138 Cecil Street, #09-01, Cecil Court, Singapore 069538
Mr. Hyohum Yeon - Business development manager (Marine & Offshore) - E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website : www.krhellas.com

 

TÜV Rheinland Singapore Pte Ltd
25 International Business Park, #05-105 German Centre, Singapore 609916
Ms. Dawn Ee – Coordinator - E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: www.tuv.com

 

DNV GL Business Assurance Singapore Pte Ltd
16 Science Park Drive Singapore 118227
Mr. Ros Oh - Business Development Manager (SEA Region) - E-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Website: www.dnvba.com.sg