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The Institution of Structural Engineers has produced new guidance on design against disproportionate collapse. This guidance builds on methods used in the UK over the last four decades following the partial collapse of Ronan Point, a block of flats, after a gas explosion in 1968. It also comes at a time when the UK construction industry is changing from British Standards to European Standards; there is an increasing use of precast concrete systems; and analytical tools are available that offer to carry out detailed analysis of accidental events. This paper sets out the background to the UK approach to robustness, with the aim of improving the understanding of those now working in the construction industry.
M. N. Bussell, BSc(Eng)(Hons)
Consulting engineer (formerly Arup)
A. E. K. Jones, BEng, PhD, CEng, FICE