Structural Robustness and Disproportionate Collapse


This course equips practising engineers to undertake the full structural design of a building, including designing a robust building to avoid disproportionate collapse. The course covers designing buildings of Class 1 – 2B and alterations/change of use of existing buildings.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the layout and structure of a robust building and explain what makes a building vulnerable
  • Summarise which legislation is relevant to disproportionate collapse and identify key clauses
  • Classify buildings into their types, with respect to building use and size
  • Outline different approaches for achieving robustness
  • Determine a strategy for robustness compliance for buildings of different material types, use and size
  • Analyse an existing building that is being altered or extended and develop an outline scheme for robustness using guidance from London District Surveyors Association


Ruth Haynes is a chartered civil engineer with 20 years’ experience in a design environment. She works as a party wall surveyor in central London, while teaching and training. Before this, Ruth ran her own engineering consultancy for 13 years. She also worked in Dhaka, inspecting clothing factories in the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse.

Intended for

Newly Chartered or almost Chartered Engineers who are independently doing the outline, scheme and detailed design of buildings.

Entry criteria

Two to six years in a Consulting Engineering Company with the expectation of being near to a Chartered Engineer or recently Chartered.


Associated publications

  • Practical guide to structural robustness and disproportionate collapse in buildings
  • Manual for the systematic risk assessment of high-risk structures against disproportionate collapse.

Many of our courses have associated, Institution-published manuals or guides. Enjoy an exclusive 50% discount on printed copies of these publications when you attend this course.

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Event Information

Eventbrite - Structural Robustness and Disproportionate Collapse of Buildings

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date

10:00 - 17:30

£290 + VAT for Members
(Early bird £261 + VAT)

£370 + VAT for Non-Members
(Early bird £333 + VAT)

The Institution of Structural Engineers, International HQ, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS, United Kingdom

Ruth Haynes

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