Design Practice, Risk & Structural Safety Committee

Our Design Practice, Risk and Structural Safety Committee helps shape the Institution’s technical strategy in areas that impact the practical design of structures in current practice.

The committee works closely with the Engineering Leadership Group and the Head of Technical Secretariat Services to determine strategic priorities: how, where and when to supply members with related resources, training and events. 

The committee ensures that the Institution's technical strategy (in relation to design, risk and structural safety matters) is implemented through a programme of activities and initiatives.

This Committee also provides direction and oversight of the Sustainability, Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Humanitarian and International Development, Research, Seismic and Dynamic Events panels as well as Structural-Safety and Study Groups.

 

Structure:
  • Chair
  • Chairs of reporting Panels
  • Up to 11 other members
  • Corresponding members

 

Get involved:

Volunteering makes a valuable contribution to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

You will attend four meetings a year and have full access to all related documents. You will undertake some work between meetings.

We invite expressions of interest in committee membership each September, contacting all members except Student Members.

Contact the committee if you have questions about their work. 

Contact the committee

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Featured events and resources

The Structural Engineer
PV- array

A guide to assessing existing roofs for the addition of solar panels

This article summarises guidance developed by Hampshire County Council for the assessment of roofs in order to install photovoltaic panels.

Date ‐ 1 April 2022
Author ‐ Jonathan Prew
Price ‐ £9
The Structural Engineer
Carbon payback period

Balancing embodied and operational carbon in building envelope design

This article introduces the idea of a ‘carbon payback period’ as a metric for assessing the net carbon emissions of design decisions whose scope spans both the embodied and operational carbon.

Date ‐ 1 March 2022
Author ‐ Will Wild
Price ‐ £9
Guidance
<h4>Examples for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8</h4>

Examples for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8

Simple design calculations for basic steel and concrete elements for buildings within the scope of BS EN 1998.

Date ‐ 24 February 2022
Author ‐ Costas Georgopoulos and Kong Kian Hau
Price ‐ £37.50
Training
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Bringing design to reality

fibUK brings together experts to explore bringing design to reality, using case studies of modular bridge substructures and reinforced concrete structures.

Date ‐ 19 January 2022
Author ‐ John Armitage, Chris Hendy, David Kwong, Philip Robinson, Ioannis Vousvoukis
Price ‐ Free
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Carbon-reduction measures – cutting through the pushback</h4>

Carbon-reduction measures – cutting through the pushback

Eleana Savvidi laments the resistance that engineers can face when proposing lower-carbon solutions, but urges members to stand firm against misguided pushback.

Date ‐ 4 January 2022
Author ‐ Eleana Savvidi
Price ‐ £9
Blog
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Mass timber embodied carbon factors

Arup has conducted a review of European manufacturers’ CLT and glulam Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The review demonstrates that the currently adopted industry average carbon factors for CLT and glulam have reduced when compared with factors from the Inventory of Carbon and Energy database (ICE database).

Date ‐ 1 December 2021
Author ‐ Tom Place, Clare Perkins and Lucy Caine
Price ‐ 0
Training
Blue abstract blocks

Florida bridge collapse: lessons learnt

Lessons learned from the collapse of a new footbridge over a live highway during construction, resulting in a tragic loss of life.

Date ‐ 30 November 2021
Author ‐ Steve Williams
Price ‐ 0
Guidance
Blue abstract blocks

Envelope checklist

The checklist is intended for graduate engineers or those with little experience of envelopes.

Date ‐ 21 July 2021
Author ‐ Peter Lenk
Price ‐ 0
Blog
<h4>Inspiring women in structural engineering: Tanya de Hoog</h4>

Inspiring women in structural engineering: Tanya de Hoog

Tanya de Hoog talks to us about some of the people and experiences that have shaped her career. She shares her thoughts on bias and inclusivity within our profession.

Date ‐ 5 March 2021

Related resources and events

Course
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Conceptual design for structural engineers: advanced

A series of two-hour interactive sessions taking place over three weeks to help experienced practitioners take their conceptual design skills to the next level. There will be a focus on understanding client needs, generating, and iteratively developing ideas, effective decision making in design, and managing design teams.

Date ‐ 1 December 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £485 - £715 + VAT
Conference
<h4>Using steel in changing times</h4>

Using steel in changing times

Attend this e-conference to learn how to use steel in an effective and sustainable way in changing times.

Date ‐ 22 November 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £45 - £275 + VAT
Course
<h4>Rapid calculations for engineers</h4>

Rapid calculations for engineers

Provides a theoretical framework for rapid problem solving concept calculations

Date ‐ 15 November 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £185 - £285 + VAT
Course
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Stadium design

This course demonstrates the similarities between stadium engineering and other types of design. It stresses the importance of the Class 3 structure review regulations and the critical compliance with stadium design guides.

Date ‐ 10 November 2022
Location ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ £265 - £395 + VAT
Course
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Conceptual design for structural engineers: an introduction

This popular course is delivered as a series of interactive online sessions supported by individual study. It provides a theoretical framework for understanding conceptual design in the context of structural engineering.

Date ‐ 3 November 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £265 - £395 + VAT
Course
<h4>Drawing gym for engineers</h4>

Drawing gym for engineers

This course introduces a number of drawing techniques and systems. It will increase your confidence in your sketching abilities.

Date ‐ 2 November 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £265 - £395 + VAT
Course
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Eurocode 7: foundation design for small practitioners

This course covers aspects of the geotechnical and structural design of spread and piled foundations. It is tailored for engineers working in small practices. The content is compliant with Eurocodes 2 and 7, with opportunities for comparisons with relevant British Standards.

Date ‐ 20 October 2022
Location ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ £265 - £395 + VAT
Course
looking up to a suspension bridge tower

Understanding structural design

This two-day course extends the principles developed in the Understanding Structural Behaviour course. It covers more complex real structures and failures; and the important skills of approximate analysis for checking computer output and member sizing.

Date ‐ 18 October 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £485 - £715 + VAT
Course
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Lateral stability of building structures

This half-day online course covers the methods by which the lateral stability of a building structure is achieved.

Date ‐ 3 October 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £185 - £285 + VAT

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