28 September 202313:00 - 14:00 SAST
The SARG Annual General Meeting will start at 13:00 followed by the technical talk at 13:15 until 14:00.
Welcome and apologies
Chair’s report 2023
Financial report 2023
Election of IStructE SARG Committee members
"Minimising energy in construction" by Dr John Orr.
Research has shown that our built environment uses structural material inefficiently, with wastage in the order of 50% being common. Two plausible mechanisms are that some engineers hold individual misconceptions, or that inefficiency is a cultural phenomenon, whereby engineers automatically and unquestioningly repeat previous methods without assessing their true suitability.
This talk will present results of a survey of structural engineering practitioners that examined both culture and practice in design relating to material efficiency, undertaken as part of the EPSRC funded project “Minimising Energy in Construction” (MEICON) led by Dr Orr. Our results reveal wide variations and uncertainty in both regulated and cultural behaviours. We demonstrate that embodied energy efficiency is often not a high priority, with habitual over-design resulting in more expensive buildings that consume more of our material resource than necessary.
The first MEICON report is the beginning of a conversation. As the construction industry is poised to change significantly between now and 2035, we invite you to join us in this conversation to discover how structural engineering can grasp a significant opportunity to lead these changes. There is much that can be done to improve material efficiency and there is plenty of scope for clients to engage actively with their engineers, working constructively together with the ultimate aim of doing better projects, more efficiently, more valuably, to create mutual satisfaction.
Dr John Orr MIStructE, Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Magdalene College Cambridge
Dr Orr’s teaching and research are closely linked to sustainable construction, and improving construction sector productivity. He works in concrete structures, creating new methods for analysis, optimisation, and automation in construction.
Dr Orr has a funded research portfolio of £11M and has built a team around his vision for the design optimisation and lightweighting of existing and future infrastructure by learning from real performance.
Preparation course for the Chartered Membership Examination of The Institution of Structural Engineers.
A hybrid talk on wind tunnel testing to predict cladding and structural wind loads on buildings.
The Surrey Regional Group invites you to their Annual Award Dinner 2023 in the Great Hall at Horsley Towers.
An essential course for any IStructE Graduate Members compiling their IPD portfolio and preparing for their PRI interview.
This talk will look at the six degrees of motion and how they can be applied to allow navigation and traffic to pass through/across.
A technical lecture on steel additive manufacturing construction.
A technical lecture on the design and installation of a new highway bridge taking the A533 over the M56 motorway.
An informal group, no agenda, an open space to explore all matters sustainability.
The IStructE Yorkshire Regional Group is delighted to invite you and your guests to celebrate the Yorkshire Structural Awards 2023 in the stunning setting of The Met Hotel in central Leeds.