Rapid Calculations
Date & Time

1 October 2020
12:30 - 13:45 BST

Members - £45.50 + VAT
Standard - £70.00 + VAT
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Rapid Calculations

Date & Time

1 October 2020
12:30 - 13:45 BST

Members - £45.50 + VAT
Standard - £70.00 + VAT

Availability Places available

Learn how to design buildings quickly using pencil and paper.

This webinar is the last in a five part series designed to take you through the concept design process.

Presenters will guide you through the process of designing a building rapidly using pencil, paper, a few books and key resources.

During the webinar we will:
  • Highlight some industry tips and tricks
  • Encourage you to create "cheat sheets" based on your own experience
  • Help you to consider the types of question to ask and give you the confidence to answer them quickly

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of the difference between rapid concept calculations and detailed design calculations
  • Useful frameworks for rapid calculations using typical structural design problems
  • Advice on using your own experience to inform your rapid design calculations
  • Learn why pencil and paper can be more useful than a computer for detailed calculations
  • Help and support in structuring your resources in preparation for the IStructE CM exam  

Intended for

Graduates who are keen to learn more about conceptual design. It will be particularly helpful for anyone preparing for the IStructE CM exam.

The live webinar includes an interactive Q&A session with our expert speakers.

Bookings will close 24 hours prior to the webinar.

Conceptual design series

Watch on-demand the previous webinars from this conceptual design series. Accessible below.


Jon Carr

Jon is a Senior University Teacher in Structural Design at the University of Sheffield, as well as running Jon Carr Structural Design, as a sole practitioner. Jon previously worked for Anthony Hunt Associates from 1988 to 2010, specialising in education and sports and leisure sector projects. His notable projects include the KCOM Stadium in Hull and, at the other end of the scale, the ‘Hen House’ in Sheffield.

Rachael De'Ath

Rachael has more than 16 years’ design experience working for Arup and has recently joined the University of Bristol to teach design, alongside her work in industry. She prefers working on re-use projects, where the existing structure is creatively re-imagined into something new. She was named as one of the Women's Engineering Society ‘Top 50 female engineers’ in 2018.

Richard Harpin

Richard is a University Teacher in Structural Design at the University of Sheffield. He was previously a Lecturer in Structural Engineering and Architecture at Nottingham Trent University and, before this, spent 16 years working for Arup. Significant projects include Citibank European Headquarters at Canary Wharf, Pallant House Gallery in Chichester and the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York.

James Norman

James has 12 years design experience working for Ramboll and Integral Engineering Design. He has nine years’ academic experience, including a PhD at the University of Bristol. He has designed buildings out of mud, timber, steel and lots and lots of concrete, and worked for a year on the facade of the extension to the Tate Modern. James authored Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide and is Associate Professor of Sustainable Design.


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