15 October 201917:45
The Renold Building, Lecture Theatre E7, University of Manchester, M1 7JR
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Practicing the art of structural engineering – i.e. designing elegantly, efficiently and economically, is one thing. Doing it competently and safely– and avoiding the pitfalls and bear traps, and staying in business – is quite another matter – because “things do go wrong”.
This presentation is based on an analysis of more than a hundred EW reports done since 2000 (an arbitrary cut-off point). It highlights themes and trends, and deals with recurring issues and lessons to be learned including:
The presentation concludes with the emphasis on the costs incurred when something goes wrong and how the only winner is the legal profession.
An example is given of where RPS got caught in a temporary works partial failure as part of a D & B contract and although exonerated by retro-analysis, still lost a significant amount in defence costs and the payment of a large PII excess.
Prof Don McQuillan FIStructE, is a director of RPS, a global energy resources and environmental consultancy. He specialises in project managing multidisciplinary projects and in forensic engineering.
Don was first elected to Council in 1989 and has since been involved at HQ particularly with the development of The Structural Engineer, still serving on the Editorial Advisory Group. He has authored many technical papers, some award winning.
Don is also a RAE Visiting Professor. He is passionate about mentoring younger engineers, providing technical support and guidance to members and promoting the Institution as the world leader in structural engineering.
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An opportunity to learn about a variety of topics on how to overcome the everyday structural engineering challenges with the help of structural engineering software.
A two day course providing engineers with the ability to arrive at an approximate analysis to both create a structure and check computer results.