Structural-Safety: The Latest Reports

Structural-Safety, the confidential reporting committee, will present the latest reports on recent structural failure incidents in the UK.
Each report seeks to:
  • Collect confidential data on the concerns of structural engineers, civil engineers and others
  • Provide comments in relation to these concerns
  • Collect data from public sources on failures, collapses and relevant incidents
  • Consider whether unacceptable risk exists, or might arise in the future
  • Promote a positive attitude to learning from experience
  • Influence change to improve structural safety
Speakers will discuss four incidents of structural failure, providing greater insight into what caused the failure, the impact of actions taken, and what could have been done to manage or mitigate the risk. There will be opportunity after each case study for an audience-wide discussion.

Please note: the names of reporters are never revealed and only the technical aspects that could help structural engineers are made public.
The event is a fantastic opportunity to contribute toward your CPD.
The speakers wish to explore the latest reports. As such, full details of the case studies to be discussed will be released nearer the event.
The final report is confirmed as the City Gates collapse (speaker: Dr Alastair Soane, Director of Structural-Safety).

Before                                         After


17:30 Registration
18:00 Welcome (Bill Hewlett)
18:05 Case Study 1 + discussion (Matt Wood)
18:35 Case Study 2 + discussion (Alice Blair)
19:05 Case Study 3 + discussion (Alastair Low-Macrae)
19:35 Tea/Coffee break
19:50 City Gates Collapse + discussion (Alastair Soane)
20:30 Close followed by drinks reception


Matthew Wood MEng (Hons) Imperial College London, Graduate Member (IstructE)
Matthew Wood has held the position of Senior Engineer in the London Buildings Team at Peter Brett Associates since graduating from Imperial College London in 2013. During this time he has developed experience in urban regeneration, refurbishment and commercial developments, as well as contributing forensic engineering expertise to the practice's expert witness projects.

Alice Blair MA (Cantab) MEng MICE MIStructE
Alice Blair is a Senior Structural Engineer with fourteen years of post-graduate experience in Arup’s multidisciplinary Building Engineering practice in London. Alice has recently worked on projects ranging from complex deep basement projects in central London to sculptures made from curved timber, weathered granite boulders, and enamelled steel.

Alastair Soane BSc PhD CEng FICE FIStructE
Alastair Soane is the Director of Structural-Safety. He has extensive experience working on UK and international construction projects. He is a former member of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee for England and chair of the advisory panel on Part A Structures; a member of the Ethics Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Advisory Group on Temporary Structures, The Institution of Structural Engineering committees, and visiting professor of civil engineering at Liverpool University.

About Structural-Safety, CROSS and SCOSS
Structural-Safety, incorporating CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety ) and SCOSS (Standing Committee on Structural Safety), works with professions, industry and government on safety matters concerned with the design, construction and use of building and civil engineering structures. It provides a confidential, anonymous reporting scheme and produces regular reports on its findings. The names of reporters are never revealed and only the technical aspects that could help structural engineers are published.
If you have an experience of structural safety that could be useful to others, please contribute by sending a report.


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5.30pm for 6pm

Free to attend

Institution of Structural Engineers HQ

Bill Hewlett, Matthew Wood, Alice Blair, Alastair Low-Macrae, Alastair Soane

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