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All articles published in the December 2013 issue
Publish Date - 28 November 2013
From an initial study of c.300 buildings, Andrew Charleson presents a number of short case studies to illustrate how key architectural concepts and qualities are reinforced by exposed structure.
In the first part of a two-part article, Sean Brady explores the differences between a good designer and a good forensic engineer.
Director of Structural-Safety, Alastair Soane, summarises the latest CROSS Newsletter which includes reports on structural steelwork, the use of polyethylene pipework for edge protection and third party certification of seismic design software.
A report on the latest accident death rate, 'specified injury' rate and ill health and occupational disease death rate in the UK construction industry.
Mark Wilkinson explains how the new Construction Products Regulation transforms the landscape for selling construction products.
This Technical Guidance Note concerns the design of pile-caps for small groups of piles e.g. 2-4 piles. It relies on the strut and tie method to determine the amount of reinforcement required in the pile-cap; which is dependent upon the depth of the cap, the magnitude of the axial load being placed upon it, the cap’s concrete strength and the pile size and spacing.
This Timber Engineering Notebook introduces the construction and connection details appropriate to open frame construction and provides a worked example for a dowelled glulam portal haunch connection.
Standard deductions are applied to the dimensions of bent bars between concrete faces to improve the confidence of minimum covers being achieved and to improve fit. The introduction of new sets of permitted deviations and the supersession of BS 8110 has led to the need to reconsider these deductions and ultimately to propose a new set, consistent with current Execution Standards.
With the emergence of two key government initiatives, Simon Smith reflects on the value of UK forests for timber production and the need to overcome the negative image of tree felling.
David Doran advises readers to adopt a cautious approach when following some of the advice put forward in this new manual from three Estonian based academics.
Letters in this issue include discussion on scaffolding guidance, Approved Document A, The Institution's Chartered Membership Examination, and the role of the Verulam Editor...