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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