Structural Futures Committee

Our Structural Futures Committee studies trends that may impact the structural engineering profession and develops related resources and events.

The committee considers how structural engineering’s approach, skills and knowledge base will need to change in response to an evolving industry.

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 also provides direction and oversight of the Digital Workflows and Computational Design Panel.

 

Structure:
  • Chair
  • Chairs of reporting Panels
  • Up to 14 other members
  • Corresponding members

 

Get involved:

Membership of the Structural Futures Committee is a way to share your knowledge, provide thought leadership, and help prepare the profession for future challenges.

It also makes a valuable contribution to your Continuing Professional Development.

As a member you will attend four meetings a year, helping to shape the direction of Institution activity in the area of Structural Futures, with full access to all committee 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

Blog
View of a complex road junction from above

Should COVID-19 change society's direction of travel?

What we can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic? Kate Leighton gives an opinion from a UK perspective.

Date ‐ 30 March 2020
Author ‐ Kate Leighton FIStructE
Price ‐ 0
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Viewpoint: Which way now for codes and standards: Prescription, performance-based or what?</h4>

Viewpoint: Which way now for codes and standards: Prescription, performance-based or what?

Stuart Matthews considers the potential benefits – and difficulties – of developing performance- or outcomes-based codes of practice and standards.

Date ‐ 1 May 2019
Author ‐ S. Matthews
Price ‐ £9
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Viewpoint: Embracing probability: could big data spell the end of safety factors as we know them?</h4>

Viewpoint: Embracing probability: could big data spell the end of safety factors as we know them?

Arthur Coates calls on structural engineers to push for the adoption of post-monitoring sensors to provide better data on building performance and, ultimately, more accurate loading predictions.

Date ‐ 31 March 2021
Author ‐ Arthur Coates
Price ‐ £9
Blog
Homes in Goldsmith Street, Norwich

Innovation in house design

Richard Lankshear MIStructE discusses the Stirling Prize winning Goldsmith Street and how evolving home design will require the specialist skills of the structural engineer.

Date ‐ 11 October 2019
Author ‐ Richard Lankshear MIStructE
Price ‐ 0

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Related resources and events

Conference
Cube wall

Using concrete in a changing environment conference (online)

Share your knowledge of concrete in a changing environment.

Date ‐ 5 July 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £45.00
Conference
<h4>Modern uses of timber in a changing environment conference (online)</h4>

Modern uses of timber in a changing environment conference (online)

Share your knowledge of modern uses of timber.

Date ‐ 22 March 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £175 - £275 + VAT
Conference
<h4>Young researchers conference</h4>

Young researchers conference

Bringing together practitioners, academics and students in a showcase of outstanding structural engineering research.

Date ‐ 15 March 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ 0
Lecture
<h4>Engineering art and guerrilla tactics</h4>

Engineering art and guerrilla tactics

How to build the unbuildable.

Date ‐ 23 February 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ Free
Lecture
<h4>Fitness for purpose structural integrity assessment for ageing fixed offshore platform</h4>

Fitness for purpose structural integrity assessment for ageing fixed offshore platform

An online technical lecture on structural integrity assessment for ageing fixed offshore platform

Date ‐ 24 January 2022
Price ‐ Free
The Structural Engineer
Seismic simulation tool for masonry building

Spotlight on Structures (January 2022)

Editor-in-Chief, Leroy Gardner, has selected a paper on seismic simulation tools and methods for developing countries as his ‘Featured Article’ from Volume 34.

Date ‐ 4 January 2022
Author ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ £0
The Structural Engineer
Testing of bamboo section for London Zoo project

Making the most of timber – specialist skills for a complex material

Oscar Emanuel urges engineers not to be put off by the challenges of timber, and to seek early specialist input where necessary to make the most of this natural material.

Date ‐ 4 January 2022
Author ‐ Oscar Emanuel
Price ‐ £9
The Structural Engineer
FRP retrofit schemes for beam-column joint subassemblies

Assessment and retrofit of deficient reinforced concrete structures using advanced composites

Umut Akguzel describes his research into seismic retrofitting of reinforced concrete structures using advanced composites, which won the Institution's inaugural Research into Practice essay competition in 2019.

Date ‐ 4 January 2022
Author ‐ Umut Akguzel
Price ‐ £9
Training
<h4>Novel materials series - Timber concrete composites</h4>

Novel materials series - Timber concrete composites

Novel materials and methods to achieve net zero - part 6 of 6.

Date ‐ 13 December 2021
Author ‐ Wendel Sebastian & Andrew J Smith
Price ‐ £45.50 + VAT