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History of Structural Engineering

The History Study Group learns from history to solve today’s problems and improves understanding of old construction methods and materials.

Membership is open to all who are interested in the history of construction, not just structural engineers.

Topics covered:

Some examples include:

  • Castles and city walls of the North: conservation and forensic engineering
  • The Evolution of early structural iron in China, Russia and Wales
  • Robert Maillart: reinforced concrete revolutionary
  • Charles Drake and the concrete house
  • Architectural dilettantes? The buildings of British Engineers in India 1600-1900
  • Some New Zealand bridges
  • St Paul's: surveying the fabric
  • Any old iron [Sir Joseph Bazalgette's wrought iron coal sheds at Deptford Pumping Station and framing of the Belvedere of Halton House]
  • Fairbairn's iron girder bridges
  • S Pearson and the relationship between civil engineering and photography
  • 19th century laminated timber arch roofs
  • Thin concrete shells in France before World War 2
  • Repair and refurbishment work at Dudley Zoo
  • Restoration work at Dyrham Park near Bath

 

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Conference

Presenting exemplary recent work on Brunel’s 1849 Swivel Bridge, located between the Cumberland Basin and the River Avon. 

Publish Date - 6 September 2019

Author – N/A

Location – Create Centre, Bristol

Price – £37.50

Lecture

This talk will demonstrate how innovative surveying and sensing techniques can improve our understanding of the current damage state of building, and allow tracking its response during tunnelling with unprecedented detail. 

Publish Date - 24 September 2019

Author – N/A

Location – The Institution of Structural Engineers

Price – 0

Lecture

This talk will give insight into the incredible structural robustness of a chapel that dates back to 1797.

Publish Date - 15 October 2019

Author – N/A

Location – The Institution of Structural Engineers

Price – 0

Lecture

This talk will give unique insight into how Rochester Bridge was engineered and maintained during the Anglo-Saxon, Norman and early Medieval periods.

Publish Date - 10 December 2019

Author – N/A

Location – The Institution of Structural Engineers

Price – 0

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