NI Structural Awards 2014
The Northern Ireland Regional Group Structural Awards 2014 are now open for entries - **Submission deadline extended to 22 September 2014**
Obituary: Dr David Key
The Institution is saddened to announce the death of Dr David Key, FIStructE, who passed away on 15 June 2014 at the age of 89. His career was focused mainly on the Caribbean and Great Britain.
AECOM to acquire URS
Engineering design firm AECOM Technology Corp will pay about $4 billion to acquire engineering and construction services firm URS Corp, according to Reuters.
Past, present and future
As we enter the summer months we felt it would be a good time to reflect on the year so far and look ahead to the rest of the year.
Young Designers Showcase 2014
The Young Designers Showcase invites student engineers and graduates with less than four years of experience to present an aspect of their design, research or construction experience in structural engineering.
Ice Wall planned for Fukishima
Nuclear Regulation Authority allows Tokyo Electric Power Co. to build underground ice wall at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, despite safety concerns.
Obituary: Dr Edwin Gifford
The Institution is saddened to announce the death of Dr Edwin “Giff” Gifford, FIStructE, who passed away on 16 May 2014 aged 93.
Young Members at Resorts World
Graduates and students from the Midlands Counties Regional Group attended a site visit at the Resorts World complex in Birmingham on the evening of Monday 28 April.
BSI publishes new BIM guidance
BSI, the business standards company, has published PAS 1192-3 Specification for information management for the operational phase of assets using building information modelling (BIM).
Structural Use of Glass a record seller
We’re thrilled to say that our new publication, “Structural Use of Glass in Buildings (2nd edition)”, sold out within two weeks of its publication in February 2014.
Statement on the Ashton-Under-Lyne Building Collapse
The collapse of a building on Stamford Street Central in Ashton-Under-Lyne, England on March 28 was caused by a lack of planning and the use of inexperienced contractors, according to The Institution of Structural Engineers.
MBE for Cliff Billington
East Midlands Regional Group member Cliff Billington from Nottingham has been awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List.
Regional Group Hot Pot Supper
The Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group Hot Pot Supper and inaugural meeting took place at Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford. The annual event saw the installation of the 2014 regional chairman, Neil Currie, with outgoing chairman Jason Pentreath thanked for his work through 2013.
Young Researchers’ Conference 2014: Report
The Young Researchers’ Conference is hosted every year by the Institution to develop awareness among young engineers of the importance and potential of research in advancing structural engineering.
Changes to CSCS green cards
From July 1 2014 the Construction Site Operative (CSO) green card will no longer be available from the Construction Suite Certification Scheme (CSCS).
Young Members at Metsec
Graduates from the Midlands Counties Regional Group attended a site factory tour at Metsec, Oldbury on 29 January,
25th Anniversary Members’ Night
About 100 members and invited distinguished guests gathered at the Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant on the 60th floor of UOB Plaza for a memorable evening on 20 September 2013.
New River celebrates four centuries
On the 400th anniversary of the New River opening, the North Thames Regional Group and The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers UK Chapter spent a day (29 September 2013) celebrating London’s waterscape.
60 Year 12 students from the Bristol Technology and Environment Academy enjoyed a structural engineering tutorial at the University of the West of England on 8 November.
MSc projects awarded funds
Four MSc research projects have been awarded £500 each by the annual MSc Research Grant Scheme, funded by the Institution's Research Fund.
Council Election 2014
Nominations are sought for candidates for election as:
• Vice-President 2015-16
• Ordinary member of Council 2015-17
Yellow Book 2014
By now members should have received the new look ‘Yellow Book' in the post, along with the flyer for our Inaugural Meeting for the 2014 Session.
2014 SPAB Scholarship
The search is on for up to four engineers, architects or building surveyors to become part of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Lethaby Scholarship 2014.
The President visits Paignton zoo in Devon to see the local Structural Engineering Day for Schools competition in action.
Steel + Bamboo
Two speakers presented their research work at a joint NTRG/HKIE technical meeting on 20 June held at Institution HQ.
Examinations Pass List 2013
Congratulations to those who passed their Chartered Membership and Associate-Membership examinations this year.
16th Young Researchers' Conference (YRC)
PhD students and researchers are being invited by The Institution of Structural Engineers to apply for a place at the esteemed annual Young Researchers' Conference.
Past Presidents Prize 2013
Congratulations to Rishikesh Govinda from Mauritius, who was awarded the 2013 Past Presidents Prize on the 27 August 2013.
Students on Course for Career in Structural Engineering
Fifty aspiring engineers aged 16-17 were given a unique insight into and construction careers during a structural engineering course at Coventry University, sponsored by the University and The Institution of Structural Engineers.
Nühaus comes to the BRE Innovation Park
Swiss housing innovator Nühaus GmbH has signed an agreement with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to bring their energy efficient, factory built house to the BRE Innovation Park in a new development project.
New earthquake surveying methods to be developed
The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigating Team (EEFIT) has awarded two research grants of £1500 to develop new methods for monitoring recovery and collecting material property data after earthquakes.
Calling all final year Students!
Are you a student finishing your course this year? If so, why not apply for Graduate Membership of the Institution of Structural Engineers?
Institution Fellow wins First Women Award
Congratulations to Institution Fellow Jane Wernick, who picked up a First Women Award in the “Built Environment” category during a ceremony at the London Marriot Hotel on Wednesday 12 June.
Institution member awarded IABSE Prize
Congratulations to Institution member Dr Mauro Overend, who has been awarded the International Association for Bridge & Structural Engineers (IABSE) Prize for 2013.
The Regional Group reports on efforts to encourage students to join the Institution, at workshops at the University of Technology in Jamaica.
"Beacon of Science” takes shape
The construction of the 15-storey Francis Crick Institute has now reached its highest point, a milestone marked on Thursday 6 June when the Chancellor, George Osborne, led a topping out ceremony.
Houses of Parliament may close for renovation
Parliament’s estate arm launched a procurement exercise on 28 May 2013, seeking expressions of interest in evaluating how to modernise the structure and facilities of the Houses of Parliament.
The Institution is saddened to announce the death of James Sutherland, FIStructE, on 18 May 2013. James had celebrated his 90th birthday last November.
Institution President visits Barbados
Institution of Structural Engineers President, Y.K. Cheng, visited Barbados between 3-5 May as part of his tour of the Caribbean Regional Group (CRG).
Gordon Clark becomes President of fib
Gordon Clark, FIStructE, became President of fib, the International Federation for Structural Concrete (Fédération Internationale du Béton), in January 2013.
IABSE Guidelines Workshop - 21 June 2013
The Institution of Structural Engineers will host a special IABSE workshop launching the first international guidelines for bridge design competitions on 21 June.
Institution to give evidence at Parliamentary inquiry
Sarah Kaethner, Chair of the Institution’s Sustainability Panel, will give evidence at the Inquiry of the All Party Parliamentary Group of Excellence in the Built Environment (APPG for EBE) into Sustainable Construction and the Green Deal.
EEFIT Research Grant Scheme – call for proposals
The EEFIT (Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team) Research Grant supports short-term projects that will benefit earthquake (and related hazards) disaster mitigation and post disaster reconnaissance efforts.
Obituary - Australia Regional Group
Obituary – Peter Taylor. Mike Fordyce, Past President of the Institution, remembers Peter’s organizational skills as Chief Executive of Engineers Australia.
Singapore sets the agenda
Singapore Regional Group set out its plans for events in the next few months in its first meeting of the year.
Return of the MAC
Neil Dely from Buro Happold provides an overview of his technical talk given to the Northern Ireland Regional Group on the recently opened Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) in Belfast.
Thames Valley Regional Group - Update
Thames Valley presents four time chairman, Bernard Boys, with a special medal for his longevity and his work in promoting structural engineering to the next generation of engineers.
Japan’s incredible shrinking building
A novel approach to tearing down a building has been developed by a construction company in Japan. The method removes the noise, smell and dust generally triggered by long-established demolition procedures.
The CIC’s BIM protocol is published
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) of which the Institution of Structural Engineers is a founding member, has published its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Protocol.
New Award for Incorporated Engineers
The Engineering Council is pleased to announce the launch of a new award for the most outstanding individual registered as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) each year.
Structures in space
The European Space Agency (ESA) have set up a consortium to explore the possibilities of using 3D printing to construct lunar habitation.
Skydiving and seeing red
The Institution’s very own Laura Kirk has jumped on board our RedR fundraising drive, and has decided to attempt a skydive jump to raise money for the international disaster relief charity RedR.
Six months on – Olympic campaign victory!
The tireless campaigning of three prominent figures in the design and engineering fields has helped to bring about a landmark deal, finally giving the companies involved the opportunity to be recognised.
BIM 2050 launch event held
On 16 January 2013, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) facilitated the launch of BIM 2050 to an auditorium packed with industry and media professionals.
The Young Members Panel visit TATA Steel
On 17 December 2012, the Young Members Panel of the Institution of Structural Engineers' Midlands Regional Group organised a site visit to TATA Steel in Scunthorpe, home to their Long Products UK Hub.
Ground engineering innovation
Vibro Menard, one of the UK’s leading ground improvement specialists, has started work on the ground engineering for four wind turbines at the Avonmouth Wind Power Project at Bristol Sewerage Treatment Works for main contractor, Lagan Construction, using an innovative Bio-modulus Column technique for the first time in the UK.
Deflections in Concrete ETM
On the evening of 29 November 2012, one hundred engineers gathered at the Institution headquarters in London to hear about “Deflections in Concrete”.
UK Government approves shale gas extraction
UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey, announced on 13 December 2012, that exploratory hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas can resume in the UK in what he describes as “a promising new potential energy resource for the UK.”
The Institution in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
As part of its International development activity, the Institution is in the process of setting up an associated company in Dubai that will enable it to operate formally and legally within the region.
Structural Awards 2013 – Call for judges
In the wake of another fantastic Structural Awards ceremony, we are now expanding the judging panel to reflect the continual growth of the event and the diversity of projects received.
A research team in the U.S is planning to shake an entire two-story building in El Centro, California, to study how the building reacts.
Design Victory for Sheffield’s Forge Valley Community School
The Yorkshire Regional Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers recently held their annual Structural Engineering Excellence Awards, the first prize going to Mott MacDonald for their work on the Forge Valley Community School project in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
Doha Tower soars above the rest
The Doha Tower of Qatar has been recently named "Best Tall Building Worldwide" by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTUBH).
President’s Visit to Thames Valley Regional Group
The President & Chief Executive, John Nolan & Martin Powell, joined the Regional Group Chairman, Bernard Boys, and Vice Presidents, Nick Russell & Alan Crossman, together with 30 other guests for Dinner aboard the Thames River Boat ‘The Lady Margaret Anne’.
Chartership Exam Preparation Course
Aberdeen and Offshore Regional Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers is holding a series of evening classes in Aberdeen, starting on 23rd October 2012, for candidates sitting the CM examination-Offshore Question.
Photo Competition winner announced
The Institution of Structural Engineers is thrilled to announce the winner of our forward-looking, world-wide photography competition, created to raise the profile of structural engineering.
“Ignore everything that you’ve ever learnt”
That was the tongue in cheek advice that was given by Paul Westbury on 3 October to an army of engineering enthusiasts and professionals at this year’s Gold Medal Address, organised by the Institution of Structural Engineers.
Inaugural event deliberating Deflections in Concrete
With the recent formalisation of an already established agreement with the UK group of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fibUK), the Institution of Structural Engineers is holding an inaugural event with fibUK at Institution Headquarters.
Around the World photo competition
Our Regional Groups and International Representatives have been competing in a unique and exciting challenge, designed to generate publicity for the Institution and the industry.
Latest policy updates from CIC
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) have recently published two new policy updates to assist in guiding the industry’s professionals.
Prevailing with Past Presidents’ Prize
Hannah Butlin, a recent graduate of Civil Engineering at University College London, has been awarded the Institution of Structural Engineers Past Presidents' Prize at UCL for Engineering Design at Masters Level.
Exam preparation courses 2013
Peter Gardner and David Lowe will again be offering preparation courses for the Institution's membership examinations.
Issues of Membership in Hong Kong
Further to our last update (16 July 2012), The Institution of Structural Engineers has continued to liaise with the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) with regards to comparability of each other’s structural examinations and the future of their mutual recognition agreement.
Structural Awards 2012 - Book tickets now
With an exceptional shortlist, now is the perfect time to secure your place at this year’s award ceremony and given the extremely high standard of entries, it promises to be another unforgettable evening.
A grand victory for the Institution’s Olympic campaign
The tireless efforts of Institution of Structural Engineers President John Nolan are starting to pay off as shooting began last week to create a film revealing the significant contribution of structural engineers and architects to the 2012 Olympic Games.
2012 Research Grant holders announced
The Institution of Structural Engineering’s Research Award scheme has awarded £5000 each to two research projects within the field of structural engineering.
Eleven BIM Regional Hubs launched
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) are launching 11 new Business Information Modelling Regional Hubs to promote awareness of the benefits of BIM as well as facilitate the adoption of BIM processes and working methods throughout the construction industry.
Council Election results revealed
Every year, the Institution of Structural Engineers holds annual elections for two Vice-Presidents and ordinary members to form the council.
The construction of Sydney harbor bridge a film and exhibition - Report by Thomas S K Lai
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was officially opened on 19th March 1932, and to celebrate its 80th anniversary, the North Thames Branch has organised a film and exhibition showing its construction. The 45 minute film is a vintage record of the construction of this iconic "coathanger" bridge as it happened over a period from 1926 to 1932, and provides a very interesting comparison to present-day bridge construction. (Acknowledgements to Engineers Australia, responsible for putting the film together from original footage.)
Designed by Dorman Long (long, that is, before electronic computers !), the steelwork was rolled in Middlesbrough, shipped to Australia and fabricated in a specially built works near the site of the bridge. The bridge was erected by building two halves of the arch symmetrically as cantilevers, one from each shore, anchored back into sandstone, until the two halves met at mid- span.
St Pancras – On Time a report by Ir Thomas Lai & Prof Hillman
As the restored hotel completes its first year and the International Station five years of operational services this richly illustrated presentation explores the fascinating heritage and colourful history that has helped shape today's transportation infrastructure.
Surprises and contradictions will be explored in a presentation that coincides with the 175th Anniversary of Joseph Grimaldi, the famous clown who is commemorated nearby.
Fellowship of the Institution
Fellows are Chartered Members of the Institution and the grade of Fellowship recognises that they have attained the most senior grade of membership.
Issues of Membership in Hong Kong
The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) continues to work closely with the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) with regards to comparability of each other’s structural examinations and the future of their mutual recognition agreement.
Genivar buys WSP
Canadian consultant Genivar is buying consultant WSP for around £278M, it has been announced.
Builders, bakers and most beautiful cake makers!
Having been asked to combine their skills and compete to build the tallest entirely edible cake in Britain at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 3 June, young members from the Institution pitted their expertise against stiff competition.
Builders, bakers and Jubilee cake-makers!
The Institution of Structural Engineers is proud to have a team of young engineers participating in the ‘Cake in the Clouds’ competition as part of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant in London this weekend.
HSE to re-write the CDM Regulations
On 10 May 2012 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced that they will be re-drafting the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations for reissue in 2014.
Dr Dana van Alphen awarded Honorary Fellowship of The Institution of Structural Engineers
Dr Dana van Alphen has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Institution of Structural Engineers. She is only the second person closely associated with the Caribbean to be made an Honorary Fellow of the IStructE. (The first person is Sir Shridath Ramphal who received the award in1988 while serving as the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.)
In an effort to better guide, support and inform mentors who are mentoring candidates through the Initial Professional Development (IPD) process towards the Professional Review (Interview and Exam).
CROSS Newsletter No 26
Newsletter No 26 has been published on the new Structural-Safety website combining CROSS (Confidential reporting on structural safety) and SCOSS (Standing committee on structural safety)
Vibration issues shakes use of timber-frame construction
The inappropriateness of using timber frame for multi-storey buildings has been underlined by the need for housebuilder Bellway to call in an independent structural consultant to assess resident complaints of excessive vibration at one of its major developments.
The 2012 Exam
The Institution’s Chartered and Associate-Membership Examinations, Friday 13 April 2012
80 students enjoy an engineering experience
From 2 to 4 April, eighty 13 and 14 year olds had the opportunity to learn about engineering through a series of presentations and practical hands-on workshops organised by The Smallpeice Trust and sponsored by GP Strategies.
Institution forums – get involved!
Have you ever needed help with a technical problem? Or wanted the advice of your structural engineering peers? Or had useful information to impart? Then use the Institution’s forums!
Dr Bill Harvey on masonry – the coy mistress
Once a year the Institution of Structural Engineers holds the James Sutherland History Lecture, designed to educate and inspire those in the industry about the rich history of their profession.
Wear Red for RedR
On the 10 February 2012 the Institution took part in fundraising for RedR’s annual flagship event Wear Red for RedR.
Regional Groups - explaining the name change
As you may have noticed, the term ‘Regional Groups’ has been cropping up when referring to Branches, Sections and Divisions. We do realise that some of you may be wondering where this term has come from and why the decision has been made to change the terminology used by the Institution, so we thought it best to explain!
Presidents Visit – University of Manchester
On 19 January 2012 the President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, Mr. John Nolan, visited the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester.
Carbon Plan - UK economy on track to meet targets
The task of rebalancing the UK economy away from carbon is progressing well and is set to result in greater energy security and the development of new innovative technologies, the Government’s Carbon Plan has shown.
House of Lords to review subterranean developments
Concern at the rapid growth of unregulated extensions of property below ground (subterranean/basement developments) has led to the introduction in the House of Lords of a private members Bill, the ‘Subterranean Development Bill’.
Plans submitted to complete ‘world class’ VeloPark
The creation of one of the best cycling facilities in Europe has taken another step forward with the submission of plans, by The Olympic Park Legacy Company, to develop outdoor tracks immediately after the 2012 Games.
Plan for Growth - impact on construction
The 2011 budget, presented on 23 March, was launched in conjunction with the governments Plan for Growth. The Plan for Growth report sets out changes to a number of sectors to overcome challenges relating to enterprise and growth.
Surviving redundancy – CIC guidance
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has produced a publication designed to assist built environment practitioners when facing redundancy.
Structural-Safety website launched
The Structural-Safety website which combines the activities of Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS) and the Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) has been launched.