Call for young members presentations

The Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group is looking for young members to present projects they have worked on. 


Institution exam results 2014

Congratulations to those who passed their Chartered Membership or Associate-Membership examinations this year.


Industry News roundup – August/ September 2014

An update from the communications team on last month’s global Industry news.


UK members: become a STEM Ambassador this September

The new school year is the ideal time to become a STEM Ambassador and introduce the world of engineering to young people in UK schools.    


Election of Vice Presidents and Ordinary Council Members 2014

The report of voting in the election, which closed on 1 September, is as follows. 


2014/15 MSc Research Grants Scheme open for applications

Supervisors of MSc research projects are invited to apply for £500 Grants to support MSc projects to be conducted in the 2014/15 academic year. 


New edition of Innovation and Research Focus available

The latest edition, featuring a lead article on great bridges and bridge engineers, is now available for download.


NI Structural Awards 2014

The Northern Ireland Regional Group Structural Awards 2014 are now open for entries - **Submission deadline extended to 22 September 2014**


Graduates and Students Paper Competition

The Graduates and Students Paper Competititon offers a first prize of £300.


Industry News roundup – July/August 2014

An update from the communications team on last month’s global Industry news.


Structural Awards 2014 shortlist shared around the world

This year’s Structural Awards shortlist has generated more interest in the media than ever before.


Call for UK members with domestic project experience

The Institution is calling on any UK-based members with strong experience of domestic projects to share any endorsements they have received from satisfied clients.


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.


“Structurally Found” seeking UK engineers

Help get the public fired up about London’s engineering.


Students on Course for Career in Structural Engineering

A four day course sponsored by The Institution of Structural engineers provided invaluable practical knowledge to aspiring young engineers.


The Structural Awards 2014: Shortlist announced

The shortlist for The Structural Awards 2014 has been released, celebrating excellence in the field of structural engineering.


UK one-day chartered membership preparation course available – London

A preparation course for the Institution’s chartered membership exam will be held in London, UK on 21 November 2014.


New CROSS newsletter available

Newsletter No 35 has been published on the Structural-Safety website, including the following reports together with expert comment.


Tuesday Group: call for 2014-15 Committee members

Could you help run the Western Counties Young Members Group? Or know someone who could? If so, read on to find out more about this exciting opportunity.


Presentation on Deep Underground Structures

The UAE Regional Group presentation on the STEP Pumping station in Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi is now available for download.


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.


Structural Engineers Registration (SER) Ltd praised for successful Scheme

Scottish Government report highlights success of Certification of Design (Building Structures) Scheme.


Revised guidance for research and development route candidates

The research and development route is specifically intended for candidates who have primarily gained their experience of structural engineering through research and development activity.


East Anglia Regional Group seeking new Committee members

Are you interested in joingin the Regional Group Committee?


Plans for new Thames bridge approved

Plans for a new £40m pedestrian and cycle crossing over the River Thames in London have been approved by Wandsworth Council.


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. 


Initial Professional Development Regulations updated

The Initial Professional Development (IPD) Regulations for Chartered, Associate-Member and Technician grade membership have been updated.


Institution announces changes to Chartered Membership Examination

CM exam to be held twice a year, with some significant changes to format


Olympic engineers recognised in new film

A new film celebrates the construction professionals who helped shape the London 2012 Games. 


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.


Why engineers must lead the debate on the future of construction

The Institution awarded Tristram Carfrae with its prestigious Gold Medal this year. 


Olympic Engineer Tristram Carfrae awarded Gold Medal

Tristram Carfrae, Fellow at engineering and design consultancy, Arup, has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal by The Institution of Structural Engineers.


New £30 million Engineering fund from UK Government

UK Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock announced a £30 million engineering fund on 12 June.


Construction Industry Council (CIC) appoints John Nolan as new Vice Chairman

John Nolan, Past President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Construction Industry Council for 2014-2016.


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.


Submit your entry to the Yorkshire Region Structural Engineering Excellence Awards

The Yorkshire Regional Group Committee is pleased to announce that entries for the Structural Engineering Excellence Awards 2014 are now open.


Caribbean Regional Group – 2014 Conference

The Caribbean Regional held its two-day Conference on 24 and 25 April 2014 at the Hotel Trinidad. 


People and Papers Awards 2014: Report

This year’s 2014 People and Papers Awards were a great success, held at RSA House in London for the first time. 


Designed and Made in Britain Week: Get involved

Designed and Made in Britain Week (30 June – 4 July) aims to bring insights about design and manufacturing careers to state schools and colleges in the UK.


Engineering changes lives in Rwanda

Kayin Dawoodi (30), from London, is the winner of our Young Structural Engineering Professional of the Year Award 2014


Cameroon Catalyst: best practise in structural engineering education

The University of Southampton’s “Cameroon Catalyst” project has been recognised by the Institution and the Joint Board of Moderators as an inspirational example of best practise in structural engineering education.


Discounted online training available for Institution members.

Members are eligible for discounts of up to 75% on courses provided by E-Training Systems (ETS).


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.


New Railway Bridge between Russia and China

The construction of a new railway bridge between Russia and China will begin in the next few months.


Building Collapse in Pyongyang prompts rare Government statement

The North Korean Government has issued a rare statement about the collapse of a 23 storey apartment block in Pyongyang on May 13.


The Pai Lin Li Travel Award

Congratulations to Nathan Fieldsend, 23, from WSP Group.


Yorkshire Regional Group 2014 Awards

The Yorkshire Regional Group held its annual awards ceremony on 30 April 2014, at Sheffield University.


BRE Trust Research: CPD skills and competencies survey

Institution members are invited to complete a short survey as part fo a BRE Trust project.


China signs deal for £13 Billion Nigerian railway

China Railway Construction Corp Ltd has signed a $13.1 billion deal to build a high-speed railway in Nigeria, according to Reuters.


US bridges in need of repair

Report finds 63,000 bridges across US in need of structural repairs


Institution of Structural Engineers’ new research journal opens for submissions

The Institution of Structural Engineers’ new research journal, Structures, is now open for submissions.


Last examinations held at 11 Upper Belgrave Street

The Institution’s Belgravia Headquarters was used as an exam centre for the last time on Friday 25 April.


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.


Transport for London seeks new members for Independent Investment Advisory Group.

Transport for London (TfL) is seeking new members for its Independent Investment Advisory Group (IIPAG), for a two year contract beginning in July.


“Bridge 150!” - Get involved

Volunteers sought for festival of bridge design and construction.


UK Government and industry agree new Construction Payment Charter

A Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter that sets out payment terms of 30 days has been agreed by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), the body set up to deliver the UK Government’s industrial strategy for construction.


New Scholarships available at Cambridge and Edinburgh Napier Universities

Two new scholarships are available which may be of interest to Institution Members.


Things to shout about: award-winning members

We’ve got plenty to shout about this month, as members in the Regional Group are at the top of their game and winning awards.


New Chairman for East Midlands Regional Group

Phil Spears is the new Chairman for the East Midlands Group, taking over from Roy Findlay.


Structural Sustainability Conference 2014: feedback request

We are pleased to announce that The Institution of Structural Engineers will host its first ever Structural Sustainability Conference during late 2014.


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).


New CROSS newsletter available

Newsletter No 34 has been published on the Structural-Safety website, including the following reports together with expert comment.


Seismic safety ratings proposed for Los Angeles buildings

Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, wants all buildings in the city to be graded for seismic safety to help residents understand the risks of the places where they live and work.


Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers’ Scheme: Institution member wins Engineering Prize

Congratulations to Victoria Martin, an Institution Board member who has been a practising structural engineer for over seven years.


From the Chief Executive: important relocation update

Updated information on the Institution's temporary accommodation, from Institution Chief Executive Martin Powell.


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.


Institution member wins Engineer of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Roma Agrawal (WSP Group), who was presented with the “Engineer of the Year” Award at the Women in Construction Awards 2014.


Institution member wins Best New Starter Award

Congratulations Hannah Rathbone (Atkins), who took the prize for “Best Apprentice/ New Starter of the Year” at the Women in Construction Awards 2014.


Concerns over safety of Kariba Dam

A Zambian minister has warned that Africa's Kariba Dam, opened by the Queen Mother in 1960, has developed severe structural faults – according to The Australian newspaper.


Sheffield University Spaghetti Bridge Challenge 2014

Boris R. Lazarov and Hadi Arbabi are student members in their third year of studies at the University of Sheffield.


Designing in the Historic Environment: Technical Meeting Review

On Tuesday 02/04/14, Ray Makin and Andrew Burns of Atelier MB presented the seminar "Designing in the Historic Environment" to the Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group .


World’s tallest Ferris Wheel opens in Las Vegas

The world's tallest Ferris Wheel, the “High Roller”, opened on 31 March in Las Vegas, USA.


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.


Latest newsletter available from RedR

The Institution of Structural Engineers is a proud patron of RedR.


The Telegraph to partner The Structural Awards 2014

The Institution of Structural Engineers announced today that The Telegraph will be official Partners of The Structural Awards 2014 for the second year running.


Grip Bar - holding on to history at the Acropolis

Stainless steel Grip Bar rock anchors have been used to stabilise the upstream rock slope of the Klepsydra Spring House, on the north face of the Acropolis in Athens.


Institution staff and members bring engineering alive at The Big Bang 2014

Institution staff joined four student members from the Midland Counties Regional Group at the Big Bang Fair between 14 and 17 March 2014, bringing engineering alive for the 75,000 young people attending the event. Janet Clark, Education Manager, reports.


Appeal to save Moscow Radio Tower

An appeal has been sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking him to halt demolition of Moscow's iconic Shukhov Radio Tower, according to Dezeen.


The Structural Awards 2014 – time running out for entries

There is just one month left to enter your project into The Structural Awards 2014, the industry’s most prestigious international awards ceremony.


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.


 


From the Chief Executive: Countdown to Bastwick Street

After months of talking and planning, the relocation from 11 Upper Belgrave Street to Bastwick Street has now started in earnest.


Keeping connected

Welcome from the Chief Executive


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.


 
 


Bob Fisher Memorial Prize 2013

Midland Counties Regional Group awards student prizes.

 


Francis Memorial Prize winner award 2013 – Part 1

Award for best student in Civil Engineering Structural Analysis and Design


Future cities: Energy efficient, eco-structures for generations to come

Report on the 8th IStructE Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering in Singapore
 


‘Design and Build’ 2014 schools competition

The 6th annual Secondary Schools ‘Design and Build’ Competition was successfully hosted on January 25 by the Caribbean Regional Group

 


Caribbean Regional Group hosts celebratory luncheon

Former Institution CEO, Keith Eaton, is hosted by the Caribbean Regional Group


Young Structural Engineers’ International Design Competition 2014 – open for entries

This year's competition focuses on transitional shelters.


Technical Meeting Review: Social Media For Engineers

Nearly 50 engineers attended the second technical meeting of the year for the Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group.


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.


Presentation on Bridge Idealisation

The Bridge Idealisation presentation from the event on 23 February is now available for download.


Engineering leaders and apprentices back professional status for Technicians

The EngTechNow campaign - first announced by the Prime Minister last summer - officially launched on 3 March during National Apprenticeship Week.


Young Members’ Make and Break Competition: Report

The evening of Tuesday 18 February 2014 brought together groups of graduates and students in the very popular “Make and Break Competition”, run by the Midlands Counties Regional Group.


Young Structural Engineering Professional Award 2014: Open for entries

The Young Structural Engineering Professional Award 2014 is now open for entries.


Presentation on Strut and Tie Analysis - Application to Tall Buildings

The presentation from the event "Strut and Tie Analysis - Application to Tall Buildings" is now available for download.


The Bob Fisher Memorial Prize

Joint winners presented with prize in January.


Enhance your professional status by joining the ICE Health and Safety Register

Are you responsible for health and safety within your projects/team or company? Would you like to express your commitment and demonstrate your leadership to health and safety?


Test news

Test news summary


Ancient structure rebuilt using 3D-printed bricks

Structure of cathedral studied using 3D printing.


New app helps teach structural engineering

App aims to have strong practical application.


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).


Explaining the role engineers play in disaster relief

Disaster response day at Ravensbourne School


BIM Conference 2014 – have your say

Survey of members to help plan 2014 event.


New judges for The Structural Awards 2014

Mr David Ng is one of three new judges appointed to The Structural Awards 2014 judging panel.


Examinations update: February 2014

The exam date this year is Friday 25 April.


Structural Concrete Journal: exclusive offer snapped up by Fellows

An exclusive subscription offer for Fellow grade members proved a big success in December.


Colin Campbell Mitchell Award

The Colin Campbell Mitchell Award for Engineers is now open for nominations.


New “Profiles” series launched in The Structural Engineer

Articles focus on inspiring industry professionals.


The Structural Awards 2014: open for entries

The Industry's most prestigious awards ceremony is open for entries.


Young Members at Metsec

Graduates from the Midlands Counties Regional Group attended a site factory tour at Metsec, Oldbury on 29 January,


UK Prime Minister announces slash in house-building regulations

David Cameron has outlined plans to cut 100 “overlapping and confusing” standards applied to the building of new homes - to less than 10.


Skyscraper sprinkler system could reduce China's air pollution

Sprinkler mechanism could lessen harmful particles in air.


New Federation of Korean Industries HQ opens in Seoul

The new Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) head office has opened in Seoul.


Lancashire and Cheshire hot pot supper

The Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group hot pot supper and inaugural meeting took place at Lancashire County Cricket Club on 23rd January.


Republic of Ireland Regional Group brings structural engineering to schoolchildren

This year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition was a big success.


EEFIT publish Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami return mission report

Invaluable disaster report now available online.


Engineering Council Survey 2013

Survey shows average earnings of £63,000 for Chartered Engineers.


Engineering Council Survey 2013

Survey shows average earnings of £63,000 for Chartered Engineers.


BM TRADA warns of structural steel CE marking deadline

BM TRADA is warning structural steel manufacturers and fabricators that from 1 July 2014 CE marking for steel structures and components becomes mandatory in the UK, under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).


First Direct Arena wins Yorkshire Award for Structural Excellence

The First Direct Arena in Leeds, completed in 2013 and engineered by Arup, has received the coveted Yorkshire Award for Structural Excellence.


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.


Titanic Belfast recognised by 2013 Northern Ireland Project Award

Titanic Belfast has been chosen as the ‘best project’ by the Northern Ireland Regional Group.


Designer chocolate

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.


Dr John Connell turns 100 – and has the certificate to prove it!

Dr John Connell has recently celebrated his 100th birthday and was awarded the Centenarian Award on the 22 October.


The President goes down under

The President of the Institution, Y. K. Cheng, recently visited Australia.


Institution partners with Elsevier to publish new research journal: Structures

Structures aspires to become the journal of choice for researchers in the field.


EGM votes to enforce mandatory CPD reporting for practising members

Bye-law amendment will allow the Institution to remove from membership any member who fails to comply with its CPD requirements.


New President for The Institution of Structural Engineers

Nick Russell, Director of Thomasons UK, has been appointed the 94th President of The Institution of Structural Engineers.


The Structural Awards 2014: reduced entry fee for Small Practices

The Institution will open submissions to The Structural Awards 2014 at the end of January.


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.


Become a STEM Ambassador and inspire the next generation of engineers

A rewarding way to help young people discover engineering.


Council Election 2014

Nominations are sought for candidates for election as:
• Vice-President 2015-16
• Ordinary member of Council 2015-17


The Kenneth Severn Award – get involved!

Entries are now open for the 2014 Kenneth Severn Award, which is open to both Institution members and non-members under the age of 28.


Examinations update: January 2014

Some updates about Institution examinations are provided below.


Institution member awarded MBE

Congratulations to Cliff Billington, AMIStructE, from West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.


SkyCycle proposals unveiled for London

Exterior Architecture, Foster + Partners and Space Syntax have unveiled SkyCycle, a proposal to transform cycling in London.


Left Coast Lifter to help build Tappan Zee Bridge

Massive floating crane sails to New York.


Ma’anshan Yangtze River Bridge Opens

A new bridge has opened on the River Yangtze.


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.


Event report: Developments in Structural Concrete, 6 November 2013

Inaugural fibUK seminar hailed a success, covering off-site manufacture, service life design, shear in beams and concrete cable stayed bridges.


Examinations update: December 2013

Some updates about Institution Examinations are provided below.


Undergraduate Grant Scheme 2012/13: poster competition winners

Congratulations to the joint winners of the Institution’s Undergraduate Grant Scheme poster competition.


Thames Garden Bridge wins Treasury approval

Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge proposal for London has received Treasury backing.


Teams shortlisted for Turkish antenna tower project

Teams have been shortlisted for a competition to design a 100 metre antenna tower in the Turkish town of Çanakkale.


Brazil World Cup stadiums to miss December deadline

Brazil has admitted that stadiums under construction for the 2014 football World Cup will not be ready by the original 31 December deadline.


Gloucester schoolchildren get into engineering

Institution member helps children discover engineering.


Big discounts in bookshop winter sale

The Institution is holding a winter sale in the bookshop this holiday season.


East Anglia Regional Group at the Choose Your Future event

Three members of the East Anglia Regional Group attended the Choose Your Future careers fair, sponsored by Norfolk County Council, on 28 November.


Presentation by Mike Taylor: "Discrepancies in 70s and 80s Topsides Weight Databases" presented on 28/11/2013

The presentation by Mike Taylor, "Discrepancies in 70s and 80s Topsides Weight Databases", is now available for download.


EngineeringUK report indicates lack of new blood

A report by EngineeringUK has revealed a shortfall of under-19s taking advanced engineering apprenticeships.


Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group’s Young Members Presentations

On Tuesday 26th November 2013, the Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group’s Young Members Presentations were held at the Manchester Conference Centre.


Institution of Structural Engineers and CIBSE collaborate to make BIM accessible

The Institution of Structural Engineers is now an official supporter of BIMTalk.


Latvian Prime Minister resigns over Riga supermarket collapse

Latvian Government falls over supermarket disaster.


Wanted: Students to meet and interview Shard engineers

Young people are being encouraged to enter a Leaders Award competition to interview some of the engineers behind the Shard and other tall buildings.


Election of members of the Board for 2014 -15

Three new Board members have been elected.


Institution signs up to Engineering Diversity Concordat

President Y.K. Cheng signed the Engineering Diversity Concordat on 15 November, during a ceremony at the Institution's Headquarters in London.


Bristol schoolchildren take tutorial in engineering with chocolate

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.


Winners of The Structural Awards 2013 announced

The winners were announced on 15 November, during a ceremony held at the Brewery in London.


Two new technical publications from The Institution

We’re pleased to announce that two fantastic new technical publications will be on sale at the Institution bookshop from next week.


Adur Ferry Bridge unveiled by Duke of Gloucester

An innovative new steel footbridge was unveiled at Shoreham-by-Sea by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester on 13 November.


RedR launch Typhoon appeal

The Institution of Structural Engineers is a patron of RedR.


North West Structural Awards: Previous Winners

North West Structural Awards: Previous Winners


Institution member a finalist in Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Victoria Martin, Senior Structural Engineer at Expedition Engineering.


New CROSS Newsletter available

Newsletter No 32 has been published on the Structural-Safety website featuring the following reports together with expert comment:


Examinations update: November 2013

Important information concerning 2014 examination entry forms and the impact of the Institution’s HQ move is provided below.


Inspiring young engineers at Somerset Careers Fair

Volunteers gave their time to introduce young people to engineering careers at the event.


The Institution of Structural Engineers announces Gold Medal Winner: Dr. Man-Chung Tang

The Institution is pleased to announce that Dr. Man-Chung Tang has been awarded its 2013 Gold Medal.


Bosphurus tunnel: engineers voice earthquake concerns

Engineers and urban planners have voiced concern about the safety of the underwater section of the world's deepest underwater railway tunnel, which opened on 29 October.


Institution Fellow is new Dean of College of Engineering at Penn State University

Congratulations to Institution Fellow, Professor Amr Salah Elnashai, who has been appointed new Dean in the College of Engineering at Penn State University in the United States.


One day chartered membership preparation course

Two one-day chartered membership preparation courses will take place at The Institution's London HQ on Friday 21 February and Monday 24 February 2014.


Institution of Structural Engineers and Engineers Australia forge closer ties with Mutual Recognition Agreement

The Institution of Structural Engineers and Engineers Australia have agreed to streamline the process by which members of each organisation seek membership with the other.


Danish Maritime Museum built in dockyard

Some 7600m²  of accommodation has been constructed in and around a former dry dock in Helsingor harbour, Denmark.


Renewable energy projects earmarked for possible Government funding

Treasury announces details of 13 private schemes which are in line for up to £33bn in Government guarantees.


Titanic Belfast recognised by 2013 Northern Ireland Project Award

Titanic Belfast was presented with the Award on 16 October by the Northern Ireland Regional Group.


English Heritage to recruit volunteer heritage army

English Heritage will launch the first crowd-sourcing project to tackle heritage at risk, it announced on 10 October.


“Traces of Peter Rice” at the Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

An exhibition showcasing the work of world-renowned, Dublin-born structural engineer, Peter Rice, opened at the Farmleigh Gallery in Dublin on 12 October.


First Direct Arena wins Yorkshire Award for Structural Excellence

The First Direct Arena in Leeds, completed this year and engineered by Arup, has received the coveted Yorkshire Award for Structural Excellence.


Presentation by Ramsay Fraser - “Assessment of Offshore Structures” presented on 26/09/2013.

The presentation by Ramsay Fraser, "Assessment of Offshore Structures", is now available for download. 


Presentation by Stephen West - "Sustainable Foundations" presented on 16/09/2013

The presentation from the event "Sustainable Foundations" is now available for download.


Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group’s Annual Dinner

The Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group’s Annual Dinner was held at the Radisson, Blu Edwardian, in Manchester on Friday 27th September.


Correspondence Tuition for 2014 Chartered Membership (CM) Examination

Are you preparing for the CM Examination? Are you located in Scotland? Are you using the Institution's preparation CD?


Engineering Architecture Prize

Do you have something to say about your favourite structure?


The Pai Lin Li Travel Award open for applications

Are you interested in spending up to six weeks abroad studying structural engineering?


Tomorrow’s Engineers Week – are you taking part?

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week takes place on 4 - 8 November 2013.


Plans for new Crystal Palace unveiled

Plans to build a replica of the Crystal Palace on the site of the original Victorian building have been unveiled.


Marseille Museum showcases new hardwood technologies

A new Museum in Marseille, France features top floor roof decking made from heat-treated American Ash.


Review Green Deal and offer more financial incentives, says Parliamentary Group

An All-Party Parliamentary Group has published a report on the Green Deal.


Call for Presentations: Young Members Group Technical Meeting

The Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group will hold its Young Members Panel Technical Meeting on 26 November 2013 at 5.45PM.


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.


Sellafield’s Evaporator D moves step closer to completion

A 500 tonne section of a new waste processor at the Sellafield nuclear power plant was delivered by sea on 30 September.


£400 million boost to university science and engineering education

A £400 million boost in Government funding for science and engineering teaching was announced on 30 September.


Announcement from Tina Cardy, Director of Communications

Tina Cardy announces details of a new Regional Award to be introduced next year.


Zoo time

The President visits Paignton zoo in Devon to see the local Structural Engineering Day for Schools competition in  action.


A scholarship to Scandinavia

Matthew Myerscough conducts a tour of suspension bridges in Norway.


Singapore awards 2013 Outstanding Volunteer

Dr Francis Lok honoured for his work for the Singapore Regional Group.


Quick stop over in Leeds for Y. K. Cheng

The Yorkshire Regional Group welcomed the President, Y. K. Cheng, on a flying visit to Leeds to meet the membership.


Past Chair recognised by Institution’s Lewis Kent Award for his many years of hard work

A Lewis Kent Award goes to Queensland Past Chair for his hard work on behalf of the Australian Regional Group.


Steel + Bamboo

Two speakers presented their research work at a joint NTRG/HKIE technical meeting on 20 June held at Institution HQ.


Young Designers Showcase

An event to showcase young engineering talent.


Sir Ove Arup honoured at FIDIC Centenary Awards

Institution Gold Medallist Sir Ove Arup has been named a Leading Consulting Engineer of the last 100 years.


New app to inspire young engineers

A new iphone app hopes to inspire young people to find out more about engineering.


Institution Member brings UK engineering expertise to Bangladesh

Institution Member Alan Lace-Evans, of UK firm Thomasons, has recently returned from Bangladesh.


Membership of Institution Committees and Panels

Members of the Institution are able to play an active part in its work by serving on its committees and panels.


Institution member shortlisted for “Woman of The Future” Award

Congratulations to Hayley Gryc, who sits on the Institution’s Sustainable Construction Panel.


RedR Syria Appeal

The Institution of Structural Engineers is a Patron of RedR.


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.


Institution of Structural Engineers survey reveals small business BIM concerns

The Institution of Structural Engineers has released the results of a survey examining attitudes to Building Information Modelling (BIM).


BIM Conference 2013: report

The Institution of Structural Engineers held its BIM Conference 2013 on September 3.


World's First “Passive-House” Skyscraper

The Raiffeisen-Holding Hochhaus office tower in Vienna has been certified as the world's first “Passive-House” skyscraper.


Chartered and Associate-Membership via Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs)

Mutual Recognition Agreements enable members of other institutions to apply for Institution Membership.


fibUK seminar on developments in structural concrete - book now

It is now a year since the Institution took over the secretariat of fibUK, the UK national group of the International Federation for Structural Concrete.


Past Presidents Prize 2013

Congratulations to Rishikesh Govinda  from Mauritius, who was awarded the 2013 Past Presidents Prize on the 27 August 2013.


Viewing Platform planned for Forth Rail Bridge

Plans have been unveiled for a viewing platform at the top of the Forth Rail Bridge.


Titan Crane named engineering landmark

The Titan Crane at Clydebank has been officially recognised as an engineering landmark.


CIC 25th Anniversary Built Environment Photography Competition

The Construction Industry Council’s 25th Anniversary Built Environment Photography Competition is now open for entries.


Lewis Kent Award presented to Past Chair

Peter Ho received his Lewis Kent Award during a ceremony in Sydney Australia.


Christchurch unveils cardboard cathedral

A revolutionary cardboard cathedral has opened in Christchurch, New Zealand, as a temporary replacement for the building destroyed in the 2011 earthquake.


£14 million project to rebuild Hastings Pier

The iconic Hastings Pier has been returned to local ownership, according to an announcement made on 15 August .


Trinidad and Tobago Structural Engineers vow legal action over Children’s Hospital

Structural engineers say Government must release the geotechnical survey of the proposed site.


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.


North Thames Regional Group Pub Quiz

The North Thames Regional Group hosted their third biennial pub quiz on Monday 5 August.


New Regional Award introduced to Structural Awards 2014

The Institution of Structural Engineers is pleased to announce that a new “Regional Award” will be open for entries next January, as part of The Structural Awards 2014.


Reminder: Specialist Question in Chartered Membership Exam 2014 and 2015

A specialist question based on glass enclosures will be included in the 2014 and 2015 examination paper.


Institution examination results 2013

Candidate result letters for both examinations were posted on Thursday 15 August 2013.


CROSS Newsletter available

The latest Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS) Newsletter is now available.


Annual Academics’ Conference 2013: Technology-Enhanced Learning

This year’s Annual Academic’s Conference will take place on 18 September.


Technical Lectures are back! High Performance Concrete – 12 September

As the summer break ends our Technical Lecture Series is resuming, featuring this excellent event on high performance concrete.


Professor Tim Ibell elected Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering

Congratulations to Institution Fellow, Professor Tim Ibell, who has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering.


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.


Royal HaskoningDHV called on to make Thames Estuary Airport a reality

Gensler and Trestrad approached Royal HaskoningDHV to help them submit a proposal to the Airport Commission to create London Britannia Airport, an offshore airport based in the Thames Estuary.


Olympic engineers and architects honoured at "Designing for Champions" event

Construction professionals who helped shape the 2012 Olympics gathered at the RIBA on 23 July.


Statement on Richard Rogers’ 80th birthday retrospective

The Institution of Structural Engineers welcomes the new Royal Academy retrospective on the work of architect Richard Rogers.


Terry Hill FREng honoured for civil engineering and infrastructure achievements

Terry Hill CBE FREng, who delivered some of the UK’s most recognisable civil engineering projects, has been awarded the biennial President’s Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Industry tailored BIM Management MSc course launched

David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation at the Cabinet Office, officially launched Middlesex University’s MSc in BIM Management (BIMM) in central London on Wednesday 10 July 2013.


Construction History Society First National Congress - Call for Abstracts

The Construction History Society has announced its 1st National Congress, to be held on 11 and 12 April 2014 in Queens’ College, Cambridge.


Young Members at Birmingham New Street

By Tasha Scott, Graduate Engineer, WSP UK


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.


Goodwood 2013 Sculpture Unveiled

A new centrepiece sculpture for this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed was unveiled at the beginning of July.


Chairman’s Report on the President, Y.K. Cheng’s visit to the Caribbean Regional Group

The President paid a 3-day visit to the Caribbean Regional Group in May 2013. The visit comprised of two legs: the Barbados leg and the Trinidad leg.


2013 Structural Steel Design Awards winners announced

The 2013 winners of the Structural Steel Design Awards were revealed during an event at Madame Tussauds on 9 July.


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?


Call for papers: The Structural Engineer BIM Special

The Structural Engineer is now seeking practical examples of projects where Building Information Modelling (BIM) is being deployed and used by structural engineers.


“Construction 2025” strategy released

The Government released a strategy document on 2 July 2013, outlining a vision for the future construction sector.


New development has ancient monument at heart

Planning consent has been granted to turn a disused 2.5 acre site in Shoreditch, London, into a thriving new community with a scheduled ancient monument at its heart.


Building Bridges at Corby Technical School

Institution members David Knight, Matthew Letts, Wai Yuk Lau and Sieve Yann Steve treated school children to an afternoon bridge building workshop last month.


Government prioritises long-term spending on infrastructure

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, outlined a pipeline of over £100bn worth of public investment in infrastructure projects by 2020 in a speech to the House of Commons on 27 June 2013.


Danish Road Directorate seeks principal consultant for construction of Storstrøm bridge

The Danish Road Directorate is now seeking a principal consultant for the new Storstrøm Bridge project, with a construction budget of about 536 million euros.


Inaugral Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering celebrates UK internet pioneers – and young engineers of the future

Five engineers who created the Internet and the World Wide Web have together won the inaugural £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.


Prime Minister announces scheme to produce an additional 100,000 engineering technicians by 2018

Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new scheme on 24 June which aims to produce an additional 100,000 engineering technicians by 2018.


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.


Wooden skyscraper shortlisted for Stockholm design competition

Scandinavian firm C. F. Møller has revealed proposals for the world's tallest timber-framed building, one of three shortlisted proposals in a housing design competition run by HSB Stockholm.


UCL students win international award for vision of Battersea Garden City

A group of students from University College London (UCL) have won an international competition to re-imagine a garden city for the 21st century.


Fewer than 200 homes sign up to Green Deal

The BBC have reported that fewer than 200 homes have signed up to the Government’s flagship Green Deal policy, which offers long-term loans for energy saving home improvement work.


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.


Martin Clarke made OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Congratulations to Martin Clarke, Chief Executive of the British Precast Concrete Federation, who has been awarded an OBE for his services to industry.


Construction Industry Council celebrates 25th Anniversary in 2013

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) will celebrate its 25th anniversary on 1 November 2013.


From the Director Membership and Education

Darren Byrne thanks members responsible for helping to develop the next generation of engineers.


Utech workshop

The Regional Group reports on efforts to encourage students to join the Institution, at workshops at the University of Technology in Jamaica.


The History of Concrete needs a home

Exhibits from 1000 years of concrete-making need a new home following its removal from the Amberley Working Museum in West Sussex.


Southern Retired Chartered Engineers (SRCE)

Hon. Sec. Jeff Williams put out a call for new members to join the SRCE group.


2013 Australia Regional Group University Prizes – Western Australia

The Peter Norman Aldred Prize established in 2010 as a Student Prize at the University of Western Australia was awarded to Dan Ni.


A bridge design that pasta load test challenge

A fun competition run by undergraduates from Sheffield University to build bridges from dried spaghetti. The winner is the lightest structure that can support 2kg for 3 minutes.


Building a house, making a home in Kosovo

Crystal Whitaker provides an insight into what makes a home for refugees who have lost theirs in disasters or conflicts.


Island hopping in the Caribbean with the President

Y. K. Cheng visited Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago - meeting local members and committees, presenting various awards and raising the Institution’s profile among students.


Inaugural Institution student prize awarded at Charles Darwin University

The first Student Prize from the Institution to be awarded to a student from Charles Darwin University has been presented to Joanna Elizabeth Winslade, who was born and educated in Darwin.


Institution Fellow becomes Member of General Division of the Order of Australia in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to Professor Yew-Chaye Loo, FIStructE, who has been made a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.


Telegraph sponsors Structural Awards to recognise engineering excellence

The Institution of Structural Engineers announced today that The Telegraph will be Partners of their annual Structural Awards event.


Manual for the geotechnical design of structures to Eurocode 7 - coming soon

The Institution of Structural Engineers' latest Eurocode Manual will be available for purchase in July.


"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.


New Memorial to Lincolnshire’s Bomber Command Fallen

Walter Jack Studio and Atkins Global have produced the winning design for a new memorial commemorating the Lincolnshire aircrew who died serving with Bomber Command in World War Two.


Professional engineering qualifications for lecturers and researchers

Chartered and Associate-Membership via the Research and Development Route: there are a number of candidates who have gained their experience of structural engineering mainly through research and development activity.


Guidance Notice for Designers of Stairs

Stair dimensions have CDM implications for designers.


New Mary Rose Museum opens

The new Mary Rose Museum opened to visitors on 31 May 2013 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.


Early bird tickets now available for Structural Awards

Tickets for the Structural Awards, the leading event in the industry calendar, are now available to purchase at a 15% discounted rate - but only for a limited time.


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.


Conference on Structural Engineering in Hazard Mitigation

The Conference on Structural Engineering in Hazard Mitigation will be held in Beijing on 28 and 29 October 2013, and in Shanghai on 31 October and 1 November 2013.


Patrick Kniveton becomes 128th President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Patrick Kniveton, Head of Engineering Improvement at Rolls-Royce Marine Power, became the 128th President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on the 22 May 2013.


Four new Centres of Excellence for Sustainable Building Design

Heriot-Watt University, Loughborough University, the University of Sheffield and University College London are to set up “Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design”, in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Forth Bridge Restoration wins RICS Scotland Award

The Forth Bridge Restoration project has won the infrastructure category of the RICS Scotland Awards 2013.


James Sutherland

The Institution is saddened to announce the death of James Sutherland, FIStructE, on 18 May 2013. James had celebrated his 90th birthday last November.


3D modelling technology offers ground-breaking solution for engineers

Software developed at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Civil & Structural Engineering has the potential to improve the way engineers assess the safety of structures and foundations, according to a study.


East Anglian Regional Group Guests Evening 13th May 2013

A guided tour of historical Norwich with former County Archaeologist, Mr Brian Ayers


Young Structural Engineer of the Year 2013

The 2013 Young Structural Engineer of the Year will be revealed at a special luncheon at Glaziers Hall, London on 6 June 2013.


EEFIT launches a new mission to Japan

The 2013 EEFIT (Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team) mission to Japan will take place on June 1-7, 2013.


Institution President visits Trinidad and Tobago

The Institution of Structural Engineers President, Y.K. Cheng, visited the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago from May 6 –7, as part of his tour of the Caribbean region.


Philadelphia offices earn green building award

Navy Yard office building earns first double LEED Platinum certification in Philadelphia.


Construction Industry Council (CIC) publishes “Growth through BIM” by Richard G Saxon, CBE.

Richard Saxon, the UK Government’s BIM Ambassador for Growth, has published his report on Building Information Modelling (BIM).


New standard published to help reduce contamination risk from ground gases

BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body, has published new standards to help reduce potential risks associated with contaminated land and “brownfield” sites where toxic ground gases exist.


2013 IStructE Australia Regional Group University Prizes - Western Australia

The IStructE Australia Regional Group University Student Prize - Peter Norman Aldred Award has been established at The University of Western Australia since 2010 to be given to the best third year engineering student. 


Airbus develops stealthy buildings

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has developed a way to make “stealthy buildings”.


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).


Institution member shortlisted for Baroness Platt of Writtle Award

Congratulations to Roger Faires AMIstructE, Senior Structural Engineer at Structa LLP, who was nominated by the Institution in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the engineering profession.


Presentation on Concept Design of Bridges

The presentation from the event "Concept Design of Bridges" is now available for downloaded.


Presentation by Graham Stewart - “Challenges In Designing Against Extreme Events” presented on 05/06/2013

The presentation from the event "Challenges In Designing Against Extreme Events" is now available for downloaded.


Event report: Adding value to structural projects through the application of fib resources, April 11

This evening technical meeting showed how fib bulletins help solve engineering design issues.


Institution member takes Undergraduate of the Year Award

Many congratulations to Sarah Leggett, 21, of Sheffield University.


British Museum previews World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre

With less than a year to go until the first exhibition opens, the British Museum has revealed the extent of progress on the construction of its new capital project, the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC).


New Continuing Professional Development courses from Anglia Ruskin University

Registration is open for a new programme of 14 half-day courses examining four topical development and construction industry challenges.


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.


Structural Awards 2013 set to be the biggest ever

The Institution of Structural Engineers thanked the industry today for the flurry of submissions received for The Structural Awards 2013.


Engineering Council Survey of Registrants 2013

The Engineering Council’s regular survey of registered professional engineers and technicians will begin soon.


CROSS newsletter available

The latest Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS) newsletter is now available.


Safety fears close Rio Olympic Stadium

Doubts about the roof’s ability to withstand strong winds has seen the stadium closed until a definitive solution is found.


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.


Structural engineering takes Gold at Big Balloon Debate

A speaker from the Institution of Structural Engineers took first prize at the Olympic themed “Big Balloon Debate” on 12 December 2012.


Structural Engineer vacancy at the Institution

The Institution is seeking to recruit a dynamic structural engineer with applications closing on the morning of 24 April 2013.


Middlesex launches industry tailored BIM Management MSc course

Middlesex University has launched a masters degree course in Building Information Modelling (BIM) Management in response to Government plans to make BIM compulsory for all centrally procured Government projects.


Structural engineers emerge as winners at Canada’s Wood Design Awards

The ninth annual Wood Design Awards evening organised by Wood WORKS! BC, was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre in late March, where the Wood Champion Award was presented to Vancouver-based structural consulting engineering firm, Equilibrium Consulting.


The Institution’s Chartered and Associate-Membership examinations, Friday 5 April 2013

767 candidates attempted the Institution’s examination on Friday 5 April. The exams, which took place at 68 centres around the world, included 742 Chartered Member candidates and 25 Associate Member candidates.


EEFIT findings from the return mission to L’Aquilla

The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT)  is a group of earthquake engineers, architects and academics who collaborate with colleagues in earthquake prone countries to improve the seismic resistance of both traditional and engineered structures.


Test your understanding of structural behaviour

In 2012, E-Training Systems Limited (ETS) developed an e-training initiative in conjunction with the Institution, allowing members instant access to technical training courses.


Presentation on RC Detailing to Eurocode 2

The presentation from the event "RC Detailing to Eurocode 2" is now available for downloaded.


From The Chief Executive

Chief Executive Martin Powell introduces readers to the launch issue of Near You Review.


Presidents surprise visit to Institution stalwart in Dubai

2013 Institution President Y.K. Cheng drops in on Steve Taylor in Dubai, thanking him for 21 years of sterling work for the Institution.


President’s flying visit to North Thames

Another day, another visit for the Institution’s President as he joins members of the North Thames Regional Group on a day out in London.


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.


New Northern Ireland chair inaugurated

Brian Quinn is installed as the Northern Ireland Regional Group Chairman.


Lancashire & Cheshire inaugural meeting

Chief Executive Martin Powell and President Y. K. Cheng sample the delights of Lancashire Hot Pot at the Lancashire & Cheshire inaugural meeting.


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.


Young Researchers' Conference – constructive experience for up-and-coming structural engineers

The next generation of structural engineers enthusiastically participated in the Institution’s Young Researchers' Conference (YRC) on 14 March 2013.


The Structural Engineer 2013 survey

The Structural Engineer is the Institution’s flagship publication and we welcome your input on its continual improvement.



MSc research grant scheme 2012/13 – four projects awarded

Four MSc project proposals have been awarded £500 each for the 2012/13 MSc research grant scheme.


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.


US structural engineers collaborate to develop tsunami design code for coastal buildings

A new standards subcommittee at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has proceeded to develop additions to building codes to cover the threat of a tsunami.


Designing for Champions short film – a structural engineering triumph

The premier for the inspiring “Designing for Champions” 8 minute short film was held at the 2013 Ecobuild event on Tuesday 5 March 2013.


Olympic structural engineers and architects finally recognised in new short film

Years of intensive structural and architectural design are attributed to some of the breath-taking structures erected for the London 2012 Olympics.


New social network for buildings launched in the UK

A new social network for buildings has been launched in the UK, with a database of over 9,500 commercial buildings.


New books on sale for February – discount available for Members

The Institution bookshop is proud to sell, as well as publish its own authoritative books and technical reports that provide essential, accurate information for structural engineers.


Young Structural Engineer of the Year – open for entries

The Institution’s Young Structural Engineer of the Year (YSEOY) award scheme is now open for entries.


The Kenneth Severn Award 2013 is now open for submissions!

If you’re 28 years of age or younger, the deadline for submitting a 1,500 word answer to the President’s question is 12 April 2013.


Institution of Structural Engineers Research Awards

Applications are being invited for the new Institution of Structural Engineers Research Awards.


Near You Review – launching next month

Next month sees the launch of a new Institution publication called ‘Near You Review’.


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.


EPSRC’s £4.7 million fund for ground and structural engineering research

A three-year collaborative programme between the UK’s academic community, engineering industries and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), has today borne success with the announcement of £4.7 million funding for new ground and structural engineering research.


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.


Chartered Membership Specialist Example question for 2014 and 2015

The Institution's Examination Panel has confirmed that a specialist question based on glass enclosures will be included in the 2014 and 2015 Chartered Membership Examination.


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.


The Institution’s events categories rebranded for 2013

The Institution organises and hosts a variety of high quality, informative structural engineering events, lectures and seminars each year.


Structural Awards 2013 – A global call for entries

The Institution of Structural Engineers is calling for global submissions for the Industry's most prestigious awards ceremony, the Structural Awards, until 19 April 2013.


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. 


Industry professionals invited to the 15th Young Researchers Conference (YRC)

The Institution of Structural Engineer’s 15th YRC is due to be held in London on 14 March 2013 with LIMITED SPACES available for industry professionals.


From wearing red socks to skydiving; how you can support RedR in 2013

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to do something for charity, to begin that demanding exercise regime, or even just to do something daring, bold, and adventurous?


Professional Review interviews – First deadline approaching

The deadline of 1 March 2013, for those wishing to enter the first round of 2013 Professional Review Interviews for Technician Membership, is rapidly approaching.



2012 Gold Medal winner, Paul Westbury awarded CBE in New Year honours list

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Institution Fellow, Paul Westbury for being awarded a CBE for his contribution to the industry.


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.


CW Awards: Angelo Manesero wins Engineer of the Year Award 2012

In one of the closest categories of the 2012 Construction Week Awards, Angelo Manesero of contractor Dutco Balfour Beatty was named Engineer of the Year.


Institution's examiner's report for 2012 now available

Our members qualify by passing rigorous interviews and/or examinations that test professional competence in structural engineering design.


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.


Undergraduate research grant 2011/12 - results announced

Congratulations to Thomas Godfrey and Steven Martin of Loughborough University, who have been awarded the first prize of £250 for this year’s Undergraduate grant scheme.


Scottish Regional Group’s correspondence tuition for the 2013 CM Examination

Bob Wilson, Marking Examiner and one of the contributors to the Institution’s “Examination Preparation CD”, is able to provide personal tuition for graduate engineers based in Scotland.


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”.


BIM campaign taken over by BRE

From 1 January 2013 Building Research Establishment (BRE) will take over the running of BuildingSMART UK - a key driving force in the uptake of Business Information Modelling (BIM).


Election results announced for the Institution Board 2013

The Board is the governing body of the Institution, and is elected annually by members of the Council.


Election results announced for the Institution Board 2013

The Board is the governing body of the Institution, and is elected annually by the Council from amongst its members.


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.”


Institution in the Daily Telegraph – 22 November 2012

The Institution’s Young Structural Engineer of the Year (YSEOY), Eva MacNamara, was interviewed in the Daily Telegraph on Thursday 22 November 2012.


GEM response to L'Aquila verdict

The Institution of Structural Engineers is an Associated Participant of the Global Earthquake Model Foundation (GEM)


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.


Earthquake shake

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.


Bath University Workshop: Teaching an Understanding of Structural Behaviour

In conjunction with the Institution of Structural Engineers and the University of Bath, Dr David Brohn will be presenting a free-to-attend workshop for academics on 28 January 2013.


CROSS Newsletter No 28

CROSS have published Newsletter No 28 on the www.Structural-Safety.org website, detailing problems during construction where temporary works have been involved.


Adventurous Engineering in 2013 - Educational Trust Travel Award now open for applications

The Institution of Structural Engineers’ “Educational Trust Travel Award” (formerly the Pai Lin Li Travel Award) provides grants to our voyage-loving members who are keen to sample the practise of structural engineering on an international scale


Exam entry forms for 5 April 2013 examinations

Examination entry forms, and additional information pertaining to the 2013 Exam, are being posted this month to those candidates who are eligible to sit the examination.


Recognition required – WSP Group’s Evening Standard appeal

Leading engineering and design consultancy, WSP Group have campaigned to include engineers in the Evening Standard newspaper’s “London's 1000 Most Influential People List”.


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.


Young Researchers Conference – Open for applications until 7 December 2012

PhD students are being invited by the Institution to apply for a place at the esteemed 15th Young Researchers Conference (YRC) in London on 14 March 2013.


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).


Supreme celebrations for the West Gate Bridge Strengthening project

A buzz of excitement swept the Marriott in Grosvenor Square, London on 2 November as the Institution of Structural Engineers announced the results of this year’s Structural Awards.


Congratulations to those who have been successful in passing the Institution’s Chartered and Associate-Membership examinations in 2012

This year’s examinations were sat by 765 candidates across several countries worldwide.


Institution Reacts to Government’s engineering pledge

The Institution of Structural Engineers has welcomed the Government’s efforts to promote and boost engineering skills within the UK.


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’.


East Anglian Structural Awards for Excellence 2012

East Anglian Regional Group Chairman, John Plummer, presented Commendation certificates for our Regional Group Award for Structural Excellence at our technical meeting on the 15th October 2012.


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.


New online information resource for steel and construction

A ‘Wikipedia-style’ site for steel design and construction information has finally been launched after two years in development.


“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.


CIC appoints Steve Race as Regional BIM Ambassador

With the demand for BIM awareness growing, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) have welcomed a new Regional BIM Ambassador Steve Race to the team.


Two new additions at the Engineering Council

Ben Jones and Geoff Atkins have been appointed into two newly created roles which were formed as a part of the organisation’s recent restructuring.


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. 


Presentation on Column Shortening in Tall Buildings

The presentation from the event "Column Shortening in Tall Buildings" is now available for downloaded.


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.


Dash for places on BIM free half day workshops

Places fill up fast as the Construction Industry Council (CIC) announce plans to launch 11 new Business Information Modelling Regional Hubs.


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.


Presentation on Wave Loads on Structures

The presentation from the event "Wave Loads on Structures" is now available for downloaded.


Pai Lin Li Travel Award lecture explores affordable housing in Latin America

The Pai Lin Li Travel Award winners presentation is due to be held on 10 October at our International Headquarters in London.


Are your online Institution details up to date?

To guarantee that you receive your upcoming Subscription Notice without delay, it is important that your email address and personal details are correct within your website profile.


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.


Full and Partial demolition – Standard revision

The British Standards Institution (BSI) have made a revision to their Code of Practice for full and partial demolition, originally published in December 2011.


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.


SCOSS issues Alert on tension rods and connectors

The Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) has issued an alert on tension cable and rod connectors following a number of reports detailing failures.


Institution examinations - Friday 13 April 2012

Please note below the pass-lists for the Chartered Membership and Associate-Membership examinations held on Friday 13th April 2012.


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.


Institution examinations 2012: results summary

The Institution’s Chartered and Associate-Membership examinations were held worldwide on Friday 13th April 2012.


John Nolan welcomed by University of Birmingham as Visiting Professor in Innovation

The School of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham have enthusiastically brought Institution President John Nolan into the fold to help the School design applicable and relevant courses, as well as deliver some teaching to inspire structural engineers of the future.


Unique insight into structural engineering for 50 aspiring young engineers

From 24th to 27th July, Coventry University hosted on their campus fifty aspiring young engineers aged 16 and 17  from across the UK.


Tony Gibbs – Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering

Our long standing member, Engineer Tony Gibbs was elected on July 16, 2012 and given the distinguished title of 'Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering' (FREng)


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.


Supporting and celebrating Olympic engineers

John Nolan, President of the Institution of Structural Engineers shows support for the ‘un-nameable’ Olympic engineers at a London protest.


Structural Awards 2012 shortlist is announced!

We are delighted to announce the shortlisted projects for this year’s Structural Awards, the industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony.


UK Government announces new Chief Construction Advisor

Peter Hansford, construction industry leader and former President of the Institution of Civil Engineers is named as new Chief Construction Advisor.


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. 


Chartered and Associate-Membership via Mutual Recognition Agreement

There are a number of institutions, whose professionally qualified members may be eligible to join the Institution of Structural Engineers via a mutual recognition agreement, including ICE, IEI, EA, IPENZ.


The Royal Academy of Engineering elects 59 new Fellows

Great recognition for some of the world's most accomplished engineers across the full spectrum of engineering, including Institution members.


Engineering sector 'crucial' to effective disaster response, says UK government

The UK engineering sector has a 'crucial' role to play in responding to natural and man-made disasters in places like Haiti, Pakistan and East Africa the Minister of State for International Development has said.


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.


Engineers Without Borders (EWB) competition winners announced!

Engineers Without Borders UK has had a phenomenal success with its EWB Challenge in its first year, exceeding all expectations and generating huge interest from staff and students across the country. 


Tony Gibbs – Honorary Member of the Trinidad & Tobago Institute of Architects

The status of Honorary Member of the Trinidad & Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) was conferred on Tony Gibbs at the TTIA AGM on 17 May 2012.


Are you a Chartered Member? Would you be interested in a mentoring programme?

The CIC are looking for a Chartered Structural Engineer who might be willing to mentor a participant in their Fluid Diversity Mentoring Programme.


E4E welcomes government’s decision on D&T and ICT in primary schools

Education for Engineering (E4E), the engineering profession’s voice on education and skills welcomes the Education Secretary’s letter, released today, that states that Design and Technology (D&T) and ICT remain in the National Curriculum for primary schools in England.


Genivar buys WSP

Canadian consultant Genivar is buying consultant WSP for around £278M, it has been announced.


2012 Be Inspired Awards: call for submissions

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, has announced that it is accepting submissions for the 2012 Be Inspired Awards global competition. The deadline for entries is 3 August 2012.


MSC Research Grant scheme winner

Congratulations to Thomas Mudie of Nottingham Trent University who won £500 for his research!


Online photo archive now available of damage from the 2010 Haiti earthquake

A geo-referenced archive of the photos taken by the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT), following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, is now available to view free of charge here.


Institution celebrates young talent that will shape the industry’s future

Once a year, Institution members, friends and supporters come together to celebrate outstanding achievements within the profession and personal commitment to the activities and goals of the Institution.


Chartered and Associate-Membership via Research and Development Route

There are a number of professionally experienced candidates who have gained their experience of structural engineering mainly through research and development activity.


Institution appeal raises £2000 to support communities affected by disasters

Institution members have raised more than £2000 to support international disaster relief charity RedR.


Lord Digby Jones awarded Institution of Structural Engineers Honorary Fellowship

Following his extremely interesting talk addressing the UK's changing role in the global economy, Lord Jones was presented with this great accolade


Big Bang Fair to receive top engineering public engagement award

The UK's largest young people's science and engineering fair is to receive special recognition for its work in promoting engineering.


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.


Supporting the role of the professional technician

The Institution is pleased to support the initiative launched by the Technician Council to promote the role and highlight the important of professional technicians.


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.


Gold Medal glory for Olympian engineers

The Institution of Structural Engineers is proud to announce two winners of this year’s Gold Medal: Chris Wise and Paul Westbury.


Presentation on Construction Health and Safety

The presentation from the event "Construction Health and Safety" is now available for downloaded.


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.)


Institution ambassador scheme embraced by Gold Medallist

Last August, the Institution launched an ambassador scheme to increase engagement between members on a local level and encourage a collaborative approach to the broader goals of the Institution.


Mentoring

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).


It’s a wrap: Attenborough stage is ready for filming

Using 420 tonnes of structural steel, regional contractor LIFE Build Solutions has created one of the largest stages ever built at the world-renowned Pinewood Studios.


The Institution launches a new initiative: E-Training

The E-Training system has been developed to allow instant access to technical training courses. The courses can be purchased and undertaken either by individual engineers or through organisations.


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.


Planned changes to career guidance in schools may lead to harmful shortage of engineers

Lack of industry involvement and the scrapping of face-to-face counselling in schools could be hugely damaging to the UK economy


The 2012 Exam

The Institution’s Chartered and Associate-Membership Examinations, Friday 13 April 2012


The Australasian Structural Engineering Conference 2012

The Australasian Structural Engineering Conference 11 to 13 July 2012, Perth, Western Australia


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.


Major engineering milestone reached as 1.1km cable for Emirates Air Line stretches across the Thames

Construction of the Emirates Air Line has reached a major milestone with the completion of all three UK-built steel towers and the installation of a 1.1km long stretch of steel cable across the River Thames.


2012 Young Researchers Conference Resources

Whether you are a practitioner, academic or young researchers, you can benefit from the on-line resources from this successful conference.


Lord Digby Jones to give this year’s Maitland Lecture - “Challenges of the world economy”

On Tuesday 26 June 2012, Lord Digby Jones will be giving an insightful talk about his current assessment of prospects for the UK economy and how UK manufacturing must continue to evolve in the face of globalisation.


Members expelled from the Institution

The Disciplinary Board has made the decision to expelthe following Members from The Institution of Structural Engineers.


New director at Engineering Council

The Engineering Council has employed Dave Hogan CEng FIET FInstLM as Operations Director, with effect from 12 March 2012.


Tell NBS about your usage of Construction Contracts – and win an Apple iPad

A survey on construction contracts in use and legal issues has been issued by NBS to gain a better understanding as to which construction contracts are being used and what are the contractual and dispute resolution issues that construction professionals face.


Engineering Council welcomes launch of professional technician

The Engineering Council welcomes the launch of the professional technician by the Technician Council.


Get involved with RedR’s Disaster Relief Challenge!

A major natural disaster has hit the city, and you’re the first person the ground…what would you do?


Presentation on Appropriate Building Responses

The presentation from the event "Appropriate Building Responses" is now available for downloaded.


Presentation on Erection Engineering of Steel Structures

The presentation from the event "Erection Engineering of Steel Structures" is now available for downloaded.


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!


Shrink-wrap a bridge to make it stronger

When an earthquake strikes, modern bridges flex rather than break, but older bridges can sustain serious damage.


Invisibility’ cloak could protect buildings from earthquakes

Mathematicians from the UK University of Manchester have developed the theory for a ‘cloaking’ device that could protect buildings and structures from vibrations and natural disasters such as earthquakes.


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!


The Institution of Structural Engineers and UK Group of fib join forces

The Institution of Structural Engineers and the UK group of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fibUK) have established a collaborative partnership effective from 1 March 2012.


2012 Consultation on changes to the Building Regulations in England

In January the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched the second phase of its consultation into Building Regulations.


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.


Futuretrack survey – graduate responses wanted

Did you apply for a full-time higher education place in 2005/6 (or do you know someone who did)?


Big Ben – UK parliament meet to discuss renovation work

On Monday 23 January UK parliamentarians met to discuss the latest report on the structural condition of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster.


Temporary stage structures – alert

The Standing Committee on Structural Safety (SCOSS) has published an alert on temporary stage structures.


Concerns for Rio’s infrastructure following building collapse

The collapse of three buildings in the centre of Rio de Janeiro last week, killing 17 people and leaving at least five missing, has raised concerns about the city’s infrastructure as it prepares for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.


Professor Roger Plank – donation to help international aid

Professor Roger Plank, past president of the Institution of Structural Engineers, has made a personal donation to disaster relief charity RedR.


Innovative sensor to better protect concrete coastal structures

City University London and Queen’s University Belfast have developed innovative sensors that will dramatically improve the ability to spot early warning signs of corrosion in concrete.


Building Control Regulation in England & Wales – your chance to input

The Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) have jointly established Structural Engineers Registration Ltd (SER).


Institution awards five MSc research grants

Five MSc research projects have been awarded £500 each by the annual MSc Research Grant Scheme funded by the Institution's Research Fund.


Entering 2012; celebrating structural innovation worldwide

The Structural Awards 2012 are now open for entries.


New year, new look for The Structural Engineer and website!

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Institution website and a new look for The Structural Engineer.


EEFIT Japan earthquake report published

The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) has now published its report which examines the effects of the 2011 Japan earthquake.


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.


Engineering UK 2012 Report published

The annual report ‘Engineering UK 2012’ is now available from the Engineering UK website.


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.


London 2012 Velodrome reigns supreme at this year's Structural Awards

The Institution of Structural Engineers is delighted to announce that the London 2012 Velodrome has won the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence at the Structural Awards 2011.


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.


£500M fund to unlock the potential for economic growth in the UK

UK Communities whose ambitions for economic growth have been stilted could benefit from a multi-million pound boost to help get their building projects off the ground.


Surviving redundancy – CIC guidance

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has produced a publication designed to assist built environment practitioners when facing redundancy.


President’s Inaugural Address 2012

The inauguration of the 2012 President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, John Nolan took place on Friday 13 January 2012.


Election results announced for the Institution Board 2012

The election for Institution Board members closed on the 17 November 2011. Three members have been elected – William Harvey, Tristram Hope and John Staves.


EEFIT Haiti earthquake report published

The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) has now published its report which examines the effects of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.


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.


Mutual Recognition Agreement between the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)

Further to recent cordial discussions with HKIE, the Institution of Structural Engineers is now able to update information on the recognition agreement that finishes at the end of 2011.


7.2 magnitude earthquake hits eastern Turkey

Following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the Van region of eastern on Sunday at least 366 people have been reported dead and up to 1300 more injured.


Pai Lin Li Travel Award 2010 winners presentation

The Pai Lin Li Travel Award 2010 winners presentation was held on 19 October at our International Headquarters in London


Statue of Liberty renovation project goes to Atkins

Worldwide engineering and design consultancy Atkins will be tackling the vital renovation work on New York’s Statue of Liberty.


The Institution and RedR join forces to improve worldwide emergency relief

The Institution of Structural Engineers has formalised its links with disaster relief charity RedR.


Dan Labbad appointed as co-Chair of the new UK Green Construction Board

Dan Labbad, an experienced property and construction executive, will take up his position immediately and will sit alongside UK Business Minister Mark Prisk, who is also co-Chair.


Institution examinations 2011: results summary

The Institution’s Chartered and Associate-Membership examinations were held worldwide on Thursday 28 April 2011.


£6.5 million boost revealed for renewable energy engineering skills

Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced a £6.5 million investment to deliver a new generation of engineering leaders in renewable energy.


'The Shrinking Curriculum' by Tony Little, Headmaster of Eton College

"The Shrinking Curriculum' by Tony Little, Headmaster of Eton College
Maitland lecture: Wednesday 21 September 2011 at the Royal Society, London


Attraction of offshore windfarms increases as opposition mounts

Almost half of all planning applications for onshore wind farms are being rejected – increasing the attraction of building wind farms offshore instead.


Research Fund supports two £5000 projects

The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Research Fund has awarded two £5000 grants under the new Research Award scheme.


Belgium stage collapse – entertainment industry needs future vigilance

A sudden storm caused two stages to collapse at the Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium – killing five and leaving 71 injured.


Field mission team presents findings from Japan earthquake

The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) returned from their mission in Japan on 2 June 2011.


EEFIT Lessons from the Christchurch Earthquake presentation online!

Members of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) presented their findings from their recent mission to Christchurch, New Zealand on 10 May 2011.

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