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Australia’s first online section translation guide launched

An innovative online Section Translation Guide (STG), launched by Australian steel, tube and pipe distributor and manufacturer, Orrcon Steel, is expected to change the way engineers and designers carry out comparisons of open steel sections to hollow steel sections.

The free web-based STG is the only online translation guide available that allows engineers and designers to make the comparisons with just the click of a mouse, removing the need to consult lengthy guides and carry out physical calculations.

Developer of the guide, Orrcon Steel structural engineer Dario Beccia, said the STG was created because Orrcon Steel recognised the need for a resource that would enable cost-effective design solution outcomes for engineers, architects and builders.

“Those wanting to utilise the resource simply have to select the desired details such as open section, variant percentage and effective length and the STG instantly provides tables with comparable data,” Beccia said.

“Comparisons carried out can be in bending, deflection, compression and tension. In fact, the STG is the only resource that shows deflection comparisons in the simplest form by way of second moment of area.”

“When making a comparison with the STG, users will find that the hollow steel sections may provide a substantial percentage of weight savings,” he said.

The maths behind the STG has been fully credentialed by renowned engineer and former Director and now consultant of SCP Consulting, Tim Hogan, who is highly
supportive of the innovative industry resource.

“The STG demonstrates Orrcon Steel’s technical ability and foresight and I am pleased they are offering this as a free resource to the steel sector as it could result in it becoming a tool used by all involved in design of steel structures,” Mr Hogan said.

“I have had the opportunity to review the STG and the online process is simple to use and allows easy comparisons of the capabilities of both open steel sections and closed sections.

“A useful and innovative tool, the STG saves time in carrying out efficient and accurate calculations and section comparisons,” he said.

To access the STG simply register your details with Orrcon Steel via to receive your protected user name and password.

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