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The Institution recognises the value and importance of the lectures and technical meetings which take place at our London Headquarters. We also understand that not everybody will be able to attend these meetings due to geographical constraints or prior commitments.

For these reasons, the Institution records the lectures which take place at the London Headquarters. We hope this will make it easily accessible for our members across the globe and ensure all members can benefit from watching these lectures and meetings free of charge, not least for CPD purposes.

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James Sutherland History Lecture

14/02/2014
Speakers:
James Thomson CEng, MICE, Eur.Ing

Description:
The presentation traces the development of jacked installations to form underground structures from the 19th century to present day. Also discussed is the potential to apply improved and innovative techniques to create a wide range of underground structures in the urban environment.

James Thomson is a chartered civil engineer who pioneered alternative ideas to traditional tunnelling including a method
to create road underpasses and subways without surface disruption.

In 1980, James set up the international consultancy Jason Consultants Group which he ran for 25 years. The consultancy focused on underground infrastructure, undertaking a wide range of projects worldwide including many jacked installations. 
 
James set up the Jacked Structures Group in 2008 to undertake conceptual and detailed design of large underground structures without surface disruption.



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(Running Time: 1:05)

Presidential Inaugural Address 2014

17/01/2014
Speakers:
Nick Russell BSc(Hons) CEng FIStructE FICE MCMI

Description:
AN INSTITUTION FOR EVERYONE?

Nick Russell is a Director at Thomasons Ltd, UK. In 2014, he is the Institution’s 94th President. He has more than 34 years’ experience with commercial, industrial and retail buildings with particular expertise in urban regeneration.

Alongside advising on construction related disputes internationally, Nick is also involved in the conceptual design of projects sharing his expertise to help students and graduates in developing their skills.
 
Recounting his perhaps unusual route into structural engineering, Nick mentions some of his personal interests, projects and challenges that he has dealt with in his career so far. Nick also looks at some of the challenges for the Institution to ensure it remains relevant in today’s society and in particular how it can help those members that work in small practices.
 


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(Running Time: 45:54)

Milne Medal 2013 - Kamran Moazami

07/11/2013
Speakers:
Kamran Moazami

Description:
Standing Tall - Inspiration and Passion in Structural Engineering


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(Running Time: 1:23)

Gold Medal Address

31/10/2013
Speakers:
Dr Man Chung Tang

Description:
Innovation is the engine that drives civilization. Without innovation, there would have been no civilization at all and we human would be still living in caves. When innovation stops, civilization also stops.

But, what is innovation, how to innovate, and who can innovate? The answer is : “5xI + 3x"!


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(Running Time: 47:20)

Developments in Composite Construction

25/09/2013
Speakers:
Dr Graham Couchman, CEO, Steel Construction Institute (SCI)

Description:
The adoption of composite (steel-concrete) construction in the 1980s was one of the major contributors to the growth in use of steel in the UK. Developments over the past decade, in terms of both products to seek ever greater efficiencies, and codified design guidance, will be presented and discussed.

Graham Couchman was first introduced to composite construction when working on the design of Sizewell B power station in the late 1980s. An early draft of Eurocode 4 was used. He subsequently completed a PhD on the behaviour of continuous composite beams. He has worked at SCI since 1995, with a brief interlude at BRE, and became CEO in 2007. His main technical area at SCI has been composite construction, with other interests in semi-rigid connection behaviour and their impact on frame behaviour, and light gauge steel construction.


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(Running Time: 01:00:08)

HM Government Construction Strategy: BIM and GSL

23/09/2013
Speakers:
Professor David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation, The Cabinet Office

Description:
Covering an overview of the HM Government BIM programme this presentation will also look at BIM/GSL the client need and backstory, the asset lifecycle, Level 2 BIM unpacked and the future of BIM.                  


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(Running Time: 38:21)

BIM for SME's

23/09/2013
Speakers:
Tim Platts, Chair, BIM4SME

Description:
Following the recent launch of BIM4SME this presentation will provide insight into its workand ambitions and will also explore BIM engagement on a practical level. The session will also concentrate on listening to the views of members’ to inform future activity.                  


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(Running Time: 18:18)

The use of BIM in Investigations and Concept Design

23/09/2013
Speakers:
Tony Bassett, Director of Project Excellence, Ramboll UK

Description:
The use of laser scans to generate geometry models allows new, more effectiveand efficient ways of carrying out investigations and developing concepts. Integrating this digital survey data into the design models gives increased confidence in the accuracy of the detailed designs.                   


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(Running Time: 19:59)

The Leadenhall Building: Digital collaboration and complex fabrication

23/09/2013
Speakers:
Damian Eley, Associate Director, Arup

Description:
The process of Leadenhall will demonstrate how the BIM process was used to extend design engineering into fabrication and bringing fabrication knowledge into design engineering.                  


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(Running Time: 16:58)

A Practical Guide to Level 2 BIM

23/09/2013
Speakers:
Dan Clipsom, Senior Engineer, Arup

Description:
So you understand what BIM is, but where do you actually start?. From planning to implementation, this presentation will provide an insight into BIM project management.                     


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(Running Time: 11:56)

Joining the dots: BIM and interoperability

23/09/2013
Speakers:
Nick Tune, Director, Building Smart International

Description:
This presentation will look at the reasons and benefits for needing integrated BIM (iBIM). It will look at the current Level 2 requirements and the benefits level 3 (iBIM) will give the industry, the work that is required and the type of applications fully interoperable will allow us to achieve.                    


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(Running Time: 18:47)

The Legal Implications of BIM - What You Need to Know

23/09/2013
Speakers:
Andrew Croft, Solicitor, Beale and Company

Description:
This presentation will focus on the legal implications of using BIM and consider how the CIC BIM Protocol, which Andrew drafted, attempts to address those. It will also go into detail about other contractual approaches to BIM and the risks associated with using BIM, with reference to lessons learnt from US cases regarding BIM projects.                    


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(Running Time: 19:59)

BIM: Business Innovation Medium

23/09/2013
Speakers:
Richard Saxon, Executive Board, CIC

Description:
BIM is a disruptive technology, so it brings both threats and opportunities. It will stimulate demand by lowering costs and raising benefits, but it means new ways of both doing and developing business. Can SMEs take advantage?                    


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(Running Time: 17:55)

CPP13: Taking Action on a Vision

23/09/2013
Speakers:
Paul Sexton, Chartered Engineer, SCEG Ltd

Description:
Following the success of the Construction IT Alliance (CITA) BIM workshop series and the launch of the British Government Construction Strategy in 2011 a team of multidisciplinary volunteers ran a pilot project to explore in real and open terms the issues involved in the new shift in industry practice. This presentation will report on the experience of the CITA Pilot Project Team and lessons for Structural Engineering Practice.                    


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(Running Time: 22:03)

BIM Conference for structural engineers 2013 - Data Exchange

23/09/2013
Speakers:
Graeme Tappenden, BIM Support Officer, HMG BIM Task Group

Description:
Looking at the CIC and RIBA 2013 Plan of Works this presentation will provide technical exploration of PAS 1192:2 and Client Decision Gates, Employers’ Information Requirements, Level 2 Information Exchanges and COBie UK 2012.                    


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(Running Time: 13:31)

Practical BIM solutions for the Structural Engineering worlflow

23/09/2013
Speakers:
Carlos Aguera, Product Manager, Bentleys

Description:
Using new developments in software to effectively collaborate between architects and structural engineers. This is a step-by-step introduction to the basic tools and functionality offered by Bentley.                    


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(Running Time: 25:05)

Investigating Japan's Recovery after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

19/09/2013
Speakers:
Joshua Macabuag – University College London Dr Alison Raby – University of Plymouth Dr Ming Tan – Mott MacDonald Anton Antonov – Risk Engineering Ltd., Bulgaria Dr Catherine Crawford – University College London Dr Stephen Platt – Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. Dr Emily So – University of Cambridge Prof David Alexander – University College London Dr Joanna Faure Walker – University College London Antonios Pomonis – Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd.

Description:
An EEFIT team of 11 members lead by Antonios Pomonis spent 6 days in Japan’s Tohoku region (1-6 June 2013) investigating the recovery two years after the tremendous earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. The team worked closely with Tohoku University’s International Research Institute of Disaster Science and other Japanese colleagues to plan and execute the mission. The team visited 6 towns devastated by the tsunami and held interviews with local authorities, NGOs, people directly involved in reconstruction and recovery projects, academics and research institutions to learn about the challenges and plans that are currently being designed, executed or are in public consultation phase. In addition, visits to the Onagawa and Hamaoka nuclear power plants, as well as two dams were also made.


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(Running Time: 1:41)

High Performance Concrete

19/09/2013
Speakers:
Christer Isgren - Director of OtB Concrete; Jenny Burridge - Head of Structural Engineering at The Concrete Centre

Description:
Concrete is both a simple and a complicated material, which can be specified to produce many different properties.

This lecture will provide advice about how concrete can be specified to improve its properties including strength and shrinkage, giving examples of how this has been achieved.


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(Running Time: 01:08)

Adding value to structural projects through the application of fib resources

11/04/2013
Speakers:
Ian Feltham MA CEng MICE MIStructE, Chris Hendy MA (Cantab) CEng FICE Eur Ing, Jon Shave MEng PhD CEng MICE

Description:
This meeting of the UK group of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fibUK) in partnership with the Institution of Structural Engineers gives examples from three different consultancies where fib bulletins have enabled engineers to deal with issues that fall outside of the codes.

The impact of the Model Code on concrete building design within Arup - Ian Feltham, Arup
fib publications have been an invaluable source of guidance for the design of reinforced and prestressed concrete in situations not adequately covered by national codes. In particular, CEB/FIP Model Code 1990 has influenced much of Arup’s internal guidance for the design of concrete building structures over the past twenty years and this will be discussed further in the presentation.

The stay cable replacements of the Penang Bridge, Malaysia – Chris Hendy, Atkins
The Penang Bridge, a cable stayed bridge with 225m main span, is part of a vital sea crossing between peninsula Malaysia and Penang island. Fatigue of the existing stay cables led to a contract to design and install replacements. In carrying out the design work and associated strengthening, use was made of fib publications such as those covering stay cable vibration and acceptance, strengthening with FRP, fixing reinforcement into hardened concrete and fatigue in general. The presentation will describe the project and the assistance provided by these fib publications.

Optimised assessment of concrete bridges – Jon Shave, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Assessment of existing structures is an area where use of sophisticated analytical techniques can deliver significant economic and operational benefits. fib publications have been particularly useful in developing Parson’s Brinckerhoff’s strategy for structural assessment of concrete structures. A particular example of the benefits of the approach will be presented, encompassing optimised techniques bringing together plastic lower bound, plastic upper bound and nonlinear FE modelling.


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(Running Time: 01:25:00)

James Sutherland History Lecture 2013

14/02/2013
Speakers:
Bill Addis MA PhD Comp.MIStructE MCIOB

Description:
Toys that save millions - a history of physical model testing in the design of structures

One of the great pleasures of structures is the intellectual challenge of having to imagine how they are behaving, since normally there is no physical movement to observe. Engineers have developed and exploited all sorts of techniques to help them with this difficult process of thinking - mathematical tools, abstract concepts of engineering science and, not least, their own observations and physical sensations born of playing with structures at a human scale – from toys in the nursery to models in the research laboratory. But how can a tiny model, maybe 50cm high, help you design a real building 100 or 200 times larger?

Bill has been indulging his passion for the history and philosophy of structural engineering for nearly forty years, including a PhD, lecturing, conferences, the History Study Group of The Institution of Structural Engineers, many books and papers and, currently, as co-editor of Construction History and chair of the Editorial Advisory Panel of Engineering History and Heritage.


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(Running Time: 01:21:41)

Presidential Inaugural Address 2013 - Shaping our Future

11/01/2013
Speakers:
Y.K. Cheng BSc, CEng, FICE, FIStructE, FHKIE, MASCE

Description:
Y.K. Cheng is the 93rd President of the Institution of Structural Engineers. With an international background in structural engineering, having worked in the USA prior to Hong Kong, Y.K. opened his presidential year with his Inaugural Address titled ‘Shaping Our Future’ which gave consideration to some of the global challenges facing the profession.

He then highlighted the priorities the Institution must develop and address in its continuing quest to transform into a truly global Institution for a global profession.


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(Running Time: 01:00:07)

Deflections in concrete: an evening technical meeting in recognition of Professor Andrew Beeby and his contribution to concrete engineering

29/11/2012
Speakers:
Robin Whittle, MA(Cantab) CEng MICE and Dr Richard Scott BEng MSc DIC PhD CEng MICE FIStructE and Dr Robert Vollum, BA MSc DIC PhD CEng MIStructE

Description:
This inaugural meeting of fibUK in partnership with the Institution of Structural Engineers provides a down-to-earth update about deflections in concrete.

Robin Whittle explains the background and results of a period of research into long term tension stiffening effects of concrete

Richard Scott reviews the service load tests conducted at the BRE Cardington facility and discusses the results of subsequent finite element analyses on the floor slabs. Robert Vollum reviews the various effects that influence the long term deflections in flat slabs when subject to sustained loading and he shows how these can be accounted for in deflection calculations.

He concludes with a review of the EC2 span to depth rules and discusses possible improvements. Discussion of all three presentations follows.


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(Running Time: 01:50:44)

Load Bearing LGS Structures in Scotland : Light Gauge Steel in 2012

27/11/2012
Speakers:
Angus Cormie

Description:
Light Gauge Load bearing Steel Structures such as “Cairnframe” are the ideal form where one has a repetitive structural frame, such as hotels and student residences, where one can also utilise the frame as finishes support.

There are obvious advantages of robustness, resistance to fire and lack of creep over what has become the more traditional timber framed option. Recent experience with Cairnhill Structures will be utilised to show the range of possibilities with such a system particularly looking at a recent BUPA care home in Glasgow.


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(Running Time: 00:43:07)

The Art of Moving Bridges - Media City Footbridge

22/11/2012
Speakers:
Peter Curran (CEng, MICE, MIStructE)

Description:
Media City Footbridge is a new landmark opening footbridge providing pedestrian access into the heart of the new Media City Development at Salford Quays, the new home for the BBC.

The presentation will describe the background to the design of the bridge and will explore in particular its functional response to the particular constraints of the site, comparing and contrasting with other notable landmark opening bridges.


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(Running Time: 00:55:08)

IABSE Milne Medal Winner 2012

08/11/2012
Speakers:
Simon Bourne

Description:
Prestressing – Recovery of the Lost Art

Simon will discuss the demise of prestressing and will show how these skills can be recovered. 

A better understand of prestressing and how structures are constructed will enable engineers to create schemes that use their client’s money more wisely and are also elegant legacies for society. 

He will show how the current complexity in many levels of design should be simplified in order to find these better solutions.


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(Running Time: 01:00:22)

Avoiding Disproportionate Collapse - The use of 'systematic risk assessment'

17/10/2012
Speakers:
John Carpenter

Description:
Meeting report

The paper by Harding and Carpenter [1] was written in part to encourage further debate and discussion on the subject of ‘systematic risk assessments’ applied to Class 3 buildings. The joint evening meeting held on 13 February 2012 originated from that suggestion and was designed also to assist in the drafting of a guide on this subject.

The meeting was well attended with over a hundred on the waiting list. Four short presentations were given, and the attendees then broke into discussion groups before coming together to be informed of the key points arising.

Background

Approved Document A and BS EN1991-1-7 make explicit reference to ‘systematic risk assessment’ in connection with the prevention of disproportionate collapse of Class 3 buildings. However, it is recognised that guidance is required to assist industry in delivering this in a value adding and effective manner.

Presentations

John Carpenter, who instigated and chaired the meeting, began by providing some background to the process noting that safety legislation was the governing requirement (as this had wider implications than Approved Document A or the code) and this required consideration, as appropriate to the building, of malicious and accidental actions, over the whole life of the structure.

Please note this presentation is website document.


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Pai Lin Li 2012

10/10/2012
Speakers:
Sebastian Kaminski

Description:

The Pai Lin Li Travel Award provides grants to those adventurous structural engineers who are keen to sample the practise of structural engineering on an international scale.

Certainly unlike your average steelwork/timber/footbridge seminar, one of this year’s winners Sebastian Kaminski, will deliver a presentation discussing ‘Engineered bamboo houses for low-income communities in Latin America’.
Sebastian’s presentation will provide insight from both a structural and a sociological perspective whilst also detailing specific case studies in Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador and drawing his own experiences on projects in El Salvador.

The presentation on 10 October provides a good opportunity to meet clients, construction industry colleagues and people in government, as well as the author of the paper being presented. We hope that it will also unlock a little inspiration for some more voyaging structural engineers.



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(Running Time: 00:34:06)

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish - Gold Medal Address 2012

03/10/2012
Speakers:
Paul Westbury - MA, CEng, FIStructE, FICE, FRSA, FREng

Description:
Synopsis: Always tackle the biggest challenges, insist on smart solutions where they really matter, be creatively destructive to kick up some dust, and on every project always ignore everything that you’ve ever learned.

Gold Medal Address - The Institution's most prestigious award

The Gold Medal is the Institution's most prestigious award and is given to an individual for exceptional and outstanding contributions to the advancement of structural engineering

The award was first created and presented in 1922 to Professor Henry Adams who had been President of the Institution from 1914 to 1916.


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(Running Time: 00:50:36)

Less is Amour - Gold Medal Address 2012

03/10/2012
Speakers:
Chris Wise - BSc, MIStructE, MIABSE, FRSA, RDI

Description:
Synopsis: An engineer’s lifelong love of beauty in natural phenomena. A designer’s quest for a physical expression of that love through engineering projects. And a teacher’s search for a means to release that understanding and its potential in others.

Gold Medal Address - The Institution's most prestigious award

The Gold Medal is the Institution's most prestigious award and is given to an individual for exceptional and outstanding contributions to the advancement of structural engineering

The award was first created and presented in 1922 to Professor Henry Adams who had been President of the Institution from 1914 to 1916.


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(Running Time: 00:40:57)

Maitland Lecture 2012 – Lord Digby Jones

26/06/2012
Speakers:
Lord Digby Jones

Description:
Lord Digby Jones captivated his audience at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham on Tuesday 26 June, providing an insightful talk on the UK economy in the face of globalisation, before being presented with the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Honorary Fellowship and prestigious Maitland medal.

The talk, entitled ‘Challenges of the world economy’ addressed current issues facing the UK economy to an audience of local businesspeople and members of the Institution of Structural Engineers. In his talk, Lord Jones tackled a set of complex themes; discussing the impact of poor education, social mobility and maximising UK exports.

Lord Jones’ business experience spans several decades in several industries which has culminated in great demand for his knowledge; he’s currently an active crossbencher in the House of Lords, as well as Chairman of the International Business Advisory Board at British Airways, Chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Limited, Chairman of Grove Industries, Senior Advisor to HSBC and is Corporate Ambassador for Jaguar Cars and JCB among others.


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(Running Time: 01:39:40)

Transfer to Fellowship

15/05/2012
Speakers:
Deovonne Ferreira - Qualifications Officer, Membership

Description:
Fellowship recognises that you have attained the most senior grade of membership. The grade recognises excellence in structural engineering achievement and a acknowledges that a significant contribution to the profession has been made. Fellows are also Chartered Members of the Institution. They have fully developed careers, and have several years of senior professional experience and responsibility. They are able to enjoy formal recognition of their professional status by using the designation FIStructE.

For further details on how to apply for the specific grades, visit the membership section.


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(Running Time: 00:01:57)

Research and Development Route

15/05/2012
Speakers:
Deovonne Ferreira - Qualifications Officer, Membership

Description:
The Research and Development Route to Chartered membership is specifically intended for candidates who have gained most or all of their experience of structural engineering through research and development activity. Research or development work will usually have a blend of experimental, mathematical or numerical investigation. Some evidence of research leadership is expected.

For further details on how to apply for the specific grades, visit the membership section.


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(Running Time: 00:05:39)

Advances in Fire Engineering

08/05/2012
Speakers:
Alistair Murray BSc(Hons) MRICS MCIOB MIFireE Associate Director, Arup and Dr Graeme Flint, MEng (Hons), PhD, AIFireE Senior Fire Engineer, Arup

Description:
The Structural engineer and the Fire engineer are disciplines that need a mutual understanding; whether providing code consultancy, strategic advice, fire prevention through specialised fire safety design, construction supervision, inspection and risk assessment, or post-fire recovery, the Fire Engineers work is grounded in the scientific approach. This evening talk will cover the  use of Advanced models in Fire Engineering – Offering a consultants view on how and where they should be used and the methodology for advanced implementation.    Calling for a change to fire engineers scope of involvement in projects; if you’re involved in design teams or seek additional knowledge on Building Regulations and current Fire Engineering approaches then this evening presentation is for you. This event was hosted by the Scotland Regional Group

Alistair Murray - After working in Architecture for 10 years, Alistair became Buro Happold’s first full time fire engineer based in Scotland. He has worked on and delivered many fire engineering strategies on various building projects across Scotland, the UK and the Middle East. Alistair now leads the Arup, fire engineering group in Scotland and North Europe. He has developed a wealth of practical experience on the application of fire engineering on differing projects in differing countries and working with many leading architectural firms and clients in delivering advanced fire strategies for projects. He is well versed at addressing issues of non compliance with current regulations in a creative, cost effective and safe manner.

Graeme Flint - studied civil and structural engineering and completed his PhD on the effects of fire on tall buildings at the University of Edinburgh before joining Arup in 2006. As well as working on general fire engineering strategies for a wide variety of buildings, Graeme has specialised in structural fire engineering. He has provided engineered structural protection solutions to a wide range of buildings in the UK and abroad. He also leads the structural fire engineering team in the UK for Arup.


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(Running Time: 01:01:12)

Academic Assessment - The Individual Case Procedure (ICP)

18/04/2012
Speakers:
Katherine Littler - Qualifications Officer, Membership

Description:
If you have an academic qualification that is neither accredited by the Institution nor accepted under a Mutual Recognition Agreement, you can still qualify for membership by applying for an academic assessment.

The Institution’s Academic Qualifications Panel (AQP) will review all of your academic qualifications under the Individual Case Procedure (ICP) and compare them against the learning outcomes that we require for you to become either a Chartered Member, Associate-Member, or Technician Member.

The AQP meets four times a year to assess each application on an individual basis, taking into consideration the subjects studied and the level completed within the programme of study.

The results will help us determine whether your qualifications are comparable to equivalent verified qualifications. If they're not, we can suggest the further learning that you'd be required to undertake.


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(Running Time: 00:03:48)

Academic Qualifications: the criteria for membership

18/04/2012
Speakers:
Katherine Littler - Qualifications Officer, Membership

Description:
This webinar will concentrate on the academic eligibility required for the following grades of membership with the Institution of Structural Engineers:

• Student membership
• Graduate membership
• Technician membership
• Associate-Membership
• Chartered membership

For further details on how to apply for the specific grades, visit the membership section.


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(Running Time: 00:05:44)

Transforming the Royal Shakespeare Theatre – An integrated design approach

22/03/2012
Speakers:
Andrew Wylie BEng (Hons) Mst cantab CEng MICE and Rab Bennetts OBE B.Arch (Hons) DipArch RIBA FRSA

Description:
Transforming the Royal Shakespeare Theatre – an integrated design approach by Andrew Wylie BEng (Hons) Mst cantab CEng MICE and Rab Bennetts OBE B.Arch (Hons) DipArch RIBA FRSA

The transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre was completed in June 2010 on time and on budget. The close collaboration of the architects and engineers was a key element to the successful transformation of this grade II* listed building. At the heart of this project is a new thrust stage with full technical scenic capability; the first of its type in the world.

This presentation looks at the project challenges including; the retention and integration of listed building fabric, connecting a new basement onto the existing flytower basement and the new technical theatre areas of over the thrust stage.

Andrew is an associate director based in Buro Happold’s Bath office with experience of multi-disciplinary design on a range of complex new build and refurbishment projects with particular experience in museum theatre buildings. In addition to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Andrew has recently lead the engineering design of the New Marlowe Theatre, Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Heart of Doha Phase 3 & Heritage Houses projects in Qatar.

Rab leads the design direction of Bennetts Associates and is personally involved in many of the firm’s projects. He is also extensively involved in outside bodies and is a Board member of the UK Green Building Council, a Director of Sadler’s Wells Theatre and a Trustee of the Design Council.


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(Running Time: 01:27:10)

14th Young Researchers’ Conference - Keynote Speech

15/03/2012
Speakers:
David MacKenzie BE MS CEng FIStructE MIHKE MASCE

Description:
David MacKenzie, Chief Executive Officer of Flint & Neill, addresses the Institution’s annual gathering of PhD students on the role that research plays in practice. David draws on his extensive experience of designing bridges, masts and towers, buildings and other structures throughout Europe, America and Asia to inspire these young researchers. David encourages the researchers to solve unconstrained problems and to learn from other topic areas and from working with other professions such as the medical profession. He proposes that industry and academe need to work together to set the research agenda in dialogue with the funding bodies and he highlights future topics requiring research in the industry.


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(Running Time: 00:26:55)

James Sutherland History Lecture 2012

16/02/2012
Speakers:
Dr Bill Harvey BSc PhD CEng FIStructE FICE

Description:
The Coy Mistress by Dr Bill Harvey BSc PhD CEng FIStructE FICE

Andrew Marvell wrote: ‘Had we but world enough, and time this coyness mistress were no crime’

Masonry is a coy mistress. She reveals her secrets with reluctance and a hasty analysis will often produce an over conservative view of performance. A series of examples will illustrate how hard it is to predict behaviour and how even “failure” may prove to be no failure at all in real terms. We do not have “world enough and time”, (i.e. unlimited resources) but must make the very best of what we have if we are to maintain a safe environment without inordinate (and wasteful) expense.

Committed to bridge engineering from the age of 7 after a visit to Clifton Suspension bridge, Bill began researching masonry bridges in 1981 and with every year he seems to know less (but at least to understand more). Bill became Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Exeter in 1995 and left in 2000 to found his own consultancy.


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(Running Time: 01:28:05)

Presidential Inaugural Address 2012

13/01/2012
Speakers:
John Nolan

Description:

Cost versus Value - The role of the Consulting Structural Engineer

2012 President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, John Nolan brings a very special combination of career experiences to his year in office. A Chartered engineer who has worked as a labourer, contractor’s engineer, consulting engineer, business owner, property developer and client, John is extremely well placed to challenge consulting engineers on the conundrums of ‘Cost versus Value’.

Based on his recent Inaugural Address, he provides an insight into the experiences that shaped him as an engineer, drawing on observations from his own business life and offers some practical suggestions and solutions for both engineers and the Institution who support the profession.



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(Running Time: 00:54:01)

Advances in Structural Modelling and Analysis explained

24/11/2011
Speakers:
Chris George

Description:
When Chris began designing steelwork 30 years ago, trusses were designed on a drawing board and portal frames were designed by hand using the ‘free bending moment ‘ method. Only the most complex or prestigious of projects were considered to be suitable for analysis by computer. Nowadays every frame it seems is modelled analysed and designed in 3D. In his presentation "Advances in Structural Modelling and Analysis explained". Chris will look at the reasons why building 3D structural models and using more advanced analysis is a logical route for structural engineers – explains some of the benefits it brings us - some obvious and some perhaps less obvious, and also points out some of the pitfalls that may trap the unwary in when applying modern modelling and 3D analysis to structural design.


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(Running Time: 00:49:29)

Advances in Welding of Structural Steelwork explained

23/11/2011
Speakers:
TBC

Description:
The talk will cover many of the issues associated with welding fabrication of structural steelwork. The basic welding processes will be discussed, with advantages and pitfalls highlighted. Reference will be made to some of the fabrication / design specifications and influences of such along with some of the common problems relating to welding controls commonly noted whilst visiting / auditing fabricators.


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(Running Time: 00:44:39)

Building Information Modelling

11/10/2011
Speakers:
John Staves, Michael Aubrey Partnership

Description:
An outline of the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the opportunities that it may provide for Structural Engineers. This presentation was given by John Staves, of Michael Aubrey Partnership, to the Institution of Structural Engineers Council meeting in July 2011 as an introduction to BIM and as a prompt for debate. As a result of the debate, the Executive Board approved further study and recommendations be made by the Engineering Practice Committee and this work is ongoing. John can be contacted direct at john.staves@mapl.co.uk or via the Michael Aubrey Partnership website at www.mapl.co.uk.


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(Running Time: 00:12:46)

The Shrinking Curriculum - Maitland Lecture 2011

21/09/2011
Speakers:
Mr Tony Little MA

Description:
The Shrinking Curriculum is an enthralling talk, noting a significant shift in education during the last two decades.
In the lecture, Tony Little comments on the way that attitudes and priorities have changed throughout the education system, with greater value now being placed on measurable achievement in particular defined areas often to the detriment of a young person’s experience of school. Tony highlights the issues and suggests potential solutions in an engaging, challenging and entertaining manner, providing food for thought and a valuable insight into the education sector.

Please note this presentation is audio-only with no slides.


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(Running Time: 01:18:55)

EEFIT Technical Evening Meeting: Lessons from the Mw9 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11 March 2011

14/07/2011
Speakers:
Prof Peter Sammonds – University College London Dr Katsu Goda – University of Bristol Darren Chian – University of Cambridge Mark Offord – Sellafield Ltd. Dr Alison Raby – University of Plymouth Antonios Pomonis – Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. Joshua Macabuag – BDP, London Dr Keiko Saito – University of Cambridge

Description:
Members of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) recent mission to Japan’s Tohoku region report their findings from studying the affected areas in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures. Investigations included:
  • Damage surveys due to ground shaking in relation to recorded ground motion, tsunami damage to buildings and coastal structures across a 300 km coastline (from Miyako to Yamamoto)
  • Interviews and meetings with various academics and city officials in the tsunami affected region
  • Investigations about the management of the evacuation before the arrival of the tsunami and the crisis management following the disaster and the recovery plans
  • Investigations into the effects of the earthquake on the energy sector.


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(Running Time: 02:10:53)

Gold Medal Address 2011 - "Passing on Knowledge"

08/07/2011
Speakers:
Allan Mann BSc, PhD, CEng, FREng, FIStruct E, MICE

Description:
Our Institution was founded for members to share knowledge and learn from each other: that need remains today. Over the last half century there has been an explosion of structural information, more complex codes, phenomenal analytical power and an ability to understand the forces nature imposes on structures to a degree hereto unimaginable. But all that information has to be collated and disseminated to successive generations. What are the challenges and how do we do it?


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(Running Time: 01:07:02)

Routes to Membership: Initial Professional Development and the Professional Review Interview

01/07/2011
Speakers:
Allan Brereton

Description:
This webinar will cover Initial Professional Development (IPD) and the Professional Review Interview

You can also find out more about the Initial Professional Development by visiting our Careers and development section.

You can also find out more about the Professional Review Interview by visiting our Membership section.


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(Running Time: 00:08:46)

Routes to Technician Membership

01/07/2011
Speakers:
Allan Brereton

Description:
This webinar will cover Routes to Technician Membership

You can find out more about the Routes to Technician Membership by visiting our Membership section.

About Technician Member

Technician Members are experienced structural engineering technicians most commonly working within a design team. They have a sound understanding of core structural engineering principles.

Technician Members benefit from the full range of membership benefits including the formal recognition of your professional status by being entitled to use the designation TIStructE. As well as being a qualification in its own right, Technician membership can be viewed as a stepping stone to more senior grades of membership.


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(Running Time: 00:10:37)

EEFIT Technical Evening Meeting: the Christchurch Earthquake of 22 February 2011

08/06/2011
Speakers:
Dr Matthew Free – Arup Dr Sean Wilkinson – University of Newcastle Dr Damian Grant – University College London David Boon – British Geological Survey Sarah Paganoni – University of Bath Elizabeth Williams – University of Oxford

Description:
Members of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) recent mission to Christchurch present their observations and findings. Some of the interesting features of this earthquake are:
  • the high intensity ground shaking
  • wide scale liquefaction
  • damage to masonry structures
  • damage to modern engineered buildings
  • landslides
  • and the disaster response of the New Zealand people and authorities.


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(Running Time: 01:27:54)

SER Technical Bulletin No.6: Certification of the Design of Glazing Systems

01/06/2011
Speakers:
TBC

Description:
The talk introduces the Bulletin and describes the thinking behind it. It is recognised that glazing systems can vary from low risk installations typical of domestic properties to the complex facades found on prestige commercial properties. The Bulletin and talk seek to give guidance on what is covered by design standards, how to assess the risk and establish the level of checking required and how to manage this. The talk includes photos of typical examples and discusses what will be necessary to Certify the design of the installation.


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(Running Time: 00:37:58)

The Aesthetics of Engineering

10/03/2011
Speakers:
Antoine Picon

Description:
Engineers are usually reluctant to engage directly in aesthetics questions related to their work. The quest for beauty is nevertheless extremely present in engineering design. Using examples from the past as well as from the present, the lecture will discuss the various forms taken by such a quest, from the economy of material to structural expressionism.


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(Running Time: 00:59:38)

Introduction and overview of Eurocodes

03/02/2011
Speakers:
Professor Roger Plank, PhD, BSc(Eng), CEng, FIStructE, MICE - Sheffield University

Description:
This presentation was recorded 16 August 2010 by the Queensland Division in association with Engineers Australia.


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(Running Time: 00:55:03)

Presidential Inaugural Address 2011

14/01/2011
Speakers:
Professor Roger Plank, PhD, BSc(Eng), CEng, FIStructE, MICE - Sheffield University

Description:
Professor Roger Plank, PhD, BSc(Eng), CEng, FIStructE, MICE - Sheffield University

In his address Roger will be focusing on the theme of 'Adding Value'. He will consider this topic under two specific strands:
  • Structural engineering adding value as a profession
  • The Institution adding value to the benefit of its members
Additionally Roger will consider the growing opportunities of structural engineers to provide value adding expertise beyond their traditional core activities.


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(Running Time: 01:19:45)

Why the Mandatory Reporting of CPD is Necessary – Norman Train

25/11/2010
Speakers:
Norman Train

Description:
Norman Train talks about "Why the Mandatory Reporting of CPD is Necessary"


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(Running Time: 00:12:42)

IABSE Milne Medal Lecture 2010

18/11/2010
Speakers:
Chris Wise

Description:
This talk will not be a beauty parade of past personal glories. Instead, in the light of today’s designerly challenges, Chris Wise will use the significance of the Milne Medal lecture to propose how the structural engineering design community might adapt its culture to take some simple practical actions. In the global context of our work, he will compare and contrast progress in structural engineering with the rapid pace of technological advance in other fields, and suggest how the good structural designer should take a lead in reducing resource-depletion and increasing sustainability. All of which would be no good if it saddled the world with what one eminent civil engineer has called "lumpy objects", so an intrinsic part of the talk will be an investigation of how the search for engineering sustainability can lead to a high engineering aesthetic.


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(Running Time: 01:39:27)

Evening Technical Meeting - Heron Tower

21/10/2010
Speakers:
Dr Mark Richards Mr Nick Gillespie

Description:
Heron Tower is a 47 storey above ground, three levels below ground, office building in the City of London. Located on Bishopsgate near Liverpool Street train station it accompanies Swiss Re and Tower 42 as landmarks on the London city horizon. It is part of a collection of new generation tall buildings that will change the appearance of the City in coming years and will be completed in February 2011.

The presentation will focus on the development of the structural design that emerged from the challenges specific to the site combined with the aspirations of the client and architect. The strategy assembled for the structural engineering, and the strong reliance on careful engineering logic will be discussed.


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(Running Time: 01:23:27)

Precast Concrete Hyperbolic Paraboloid Roof Shells

09/09/2010
Speakers:
Martin Ashmead – CEng, FIStructE, FICE, MRICS

Description:
Each aspect will be explained in such a manner as to be understood by all attendees, irrespective of age, education or discipline. Structural aspects will be discussed and explained in physical and not too much mathematical terms. Calculators and mathematical knowledge can be left at home.

Relevance to the 21st Century and reason for presentation:
There are many buildings with roofs of this type in the UK and abroad which are nearing the end of their design life, such that they may require refurbishment or demolition. They were patented in the UK 1957, ceased to be manufactured in 1984.

As there are few people alive with comprehensive knowledge of this form of construction and little, if any, archived information, this presentation will prove invaluable to those appointed to advise about such roofs in the future.


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(Running Time: 01:30:43)

Structural fire engineering and a brief introduction to the Eurocodes

04/08/2010
Speakers:
Professor Roger Plank, PhD, BSc(Eng), CEng, FIStructE, MICE - Sheffield University

Description:
This presentation was recorded 04 August 2010 by the Queensland Division in association with Engineers Australia.


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(Running Time: 01:18:22)

EEFIT Technical Meeting: 27 February 2010, Maule, Chile Earthquake

09/06/2010
Speakers:
Zygmunt Lubkowski – Arup Dr Dina D’Ayala – Bath University Dr Adam Crewe – University of Bristol Dr Damian Grant – Arup

Description:
Members of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) recent mission to Chile will present their findings focussing on:
  • the logistical lessons learned when organising a mission
  • the good performance of many reinforced concrete shear wall buildings
  • the failure of a number of relatively new bridges
  • the impact of the tsunami on coastal population and infrastructure
  • the impressive way that the Chilean people and their government has reacted following the event.


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(Running Time: 01:45:58)

Unusual Hybrid Timber - Steel Structures

19/05/2010
Speakers:
Paul Fast - Managing Partner of Fast + Epp

Description:
The presentation will highlight his experiences as structural designer of some complex and highly expressive structures that feature unique hybrid steel-wood and concrete-wood solutions.

Amongst the projects presented will be several rapid transit stations, Kingsway Bridge and the Richmond Olympic Oval.


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(Running Time: 01:35:30)

Gold Medal Address 2010: "Engineering an Idea"

13/05/2010
Speakers:
William F. Baker – Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP

Description:
Engineering an Idea


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(Running Time: 01:27:59)

EEFIT Technical meeting: Haiti earthquake

11/05/2010
Speakers:
Edmund Booth - Consulting engineer Gopal Madabhushi - University of Cambridge Keiko Saito - University of Cambridge

Description:
Members of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) recent mission to Haiti will present their findings.


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(Running Time: 01:44:10)

Carbon Critical Design

20/04/2010
Speakers:
Mr Keith Clarke - Chief Executive of Atkins

Description:
Presentation recorded at the Birmingham Medical Institute

Keith Clarke is chief executive of Atkins, the largest engineering consultancy in the UK and one of the world’s largest design companies. A Chartered Architect with more than 30 years’ experience in construction and engineering, he is also currently serving as chairman of the UK Construction Industry Council (CIC), having previously chaired its Health and Safety Committee.

Keith is at the forefront of encouraging the built environment sector to embrace Carbon Critical Design in response to the urgent challenge of climate change. He believes carbon must become a core decision making factor in the way we plan, design and procure capital projects.


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(Running Time: 01:23:37)

Routes to Chartered Membership

15/04/2010
Speakers:
Darren Byrne - Institution Director, Membership and Education

Description:
The talk highlights the various routes available for those wishing to attain Chartered Membership of the Institution.


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(Running Time: 01:42:36)

Oxford University Biochemistry Building

25/03/2010
Speakers:
Fergal Kelly BEng (Hons ) Civil Engineering, PhD, M IStructE - Senior Associate John Rushton - Partner Peter Brett Associates LLP

Description:
The talk describes the design development and construction of the new biochemistry building for Oxford University.

Topics covered include the use of top-down basement construction next to Grade 1 listed buildings, service integration with steel framing utilising the parallel beam approach and embodied carbon of the structural materials.


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(Running Time: 01:03:01)

James Sutherland Lecture 2010

25/02/2010
Speakers:
Ian Firth BSc MSc DIC CEng FREng FIStructE FICE FConsE Director at Flint & Neill

Description:
Lessons From History - The Steel Box Girder Story

Ian joined Flint & Neill in 1979 and became a Partner in 1990 and Chief Operating Officer in 2008. He has 29 years of experience working on the design, construction and maintenance of a wide variety of bridge projects worldwide. These include several major long span crossings as well as a number of award winning designs for smaller highway and pedestrian bridges. For many engineers, the steel box girder story is one of disaster. The memories of the tragic events of 1970 are still raw for some, and the implications have been far reaching. But the story is also one of bold innovation, lessons learnt and ultimate success.

This paper explores the short history of the steel box girder and reflects on how it evolved into the popular modern bridge structures we see today.

Please see below for details of slide acknowledgements and errata.

Slide Number Acknowledgement
9, 10 From ICE Library
25, 26 Should be "Mott Hay and Anderson"
28, 31 From "In the wake of Tacoma" - Richard Scott
48, 50 From "Developments in Bridge Design & Construction" - paper by R. Heckel, 1971


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(Running Time: 01:45:13)

Valuing Professionalism in Engineering - the developing scene

15/01/2010
Speakers:
Andrew Ramsay: CEO Engineering Council

Description:
Valuing Professionalism in Engineering - the developing scene


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(Running Time: 00:33:16)

Presidential Address 2010

15/01/2010
Speakers:
Norman Train

Description:
Opportunities within Change: Looking Beyond the Immediate


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(Running Time: 01:00:44)

The South Pacific Islands Earthquake and Tsunami

29/09/2009
Speakers:
The EEFIT Samoa Team

Description:
The South Pacific Islands Earthquake and Tsunami


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(Running Time: 01:23:08)

Presidential Address 2009

01/08/2009
Speakers:
Graham Owens

Description:
Our value to society in a changing, competitive world


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(Running Time: 01:17:07)

Technician Presentation

11/06/2007
Speakers:
Darren Byrne - Institution Director, Membership and Education

Description:
Route to Technician Membership


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(Running Time: 00:52:36)

Presidential Address 2007/08

10/04/2007
Speakers:
Sarah Buck

Description:
Our centenary and beyond: Attract, Support, Enthuse


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(Running Time: 01:06:27)



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