All articles published in the February 2012 issue.
(NB Technical Guidance Note Level 1, No. 3 contained within this issue was updated in October 2016. For the updated article, see the individual article entry for this issue.)
Publish Date ‐ 1 February 2012
2012 President John Nolan brings a very special combination of career experiences to his year in office. A Chartered engineer who has worked as a labourer, contractor’s engineer, consulting engineer, business owner, property developer and client, John is extremely well placed to challenge consulting engineers on the conundrums of ‘Cost versus Value’.
Based on his 2012 James Sutherland History Lecture and drawing on a range of examples, Dr Bill Harvey illustrates the difficulties of predicting masonry behaviour.
Giles Waley reports on an award-winning project involving four complex temporary marine structures.
The development of health and safety management
The history of health and safety management in construction is the history of adverse public reaction to events; a testament to the work of certain enlightened individuals and organisations, and a gradual promotion of increased standards by government. To counter this, there has been an equally long history of resistance: often framed as ojections to 'excessive paperwork' and to the perceived expense of protective measures.
The collapse of temporary stage structures.
Alastair Soane, Director of Structural-Safety.org draws readers’ attention to
the latest alert published by the programme.
Imposed loads (quasi-permanent variable actions) are defined as loads that are applied to the structure.
Updated October 2016.
There are several variations and conditions the designer must be aware of when determining wind loads on structures. Based on Eurocode 1: Actions on Structures Part 1-4; General Actions – Wind Actions, this note draws on the UK National Annex as it makes reference to wind speeds that are unique to the UK.
Topics of importance openly discussed...
In the ten years since its formation, the BC group have enjoyed a number of successes...