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All articles published in the June 2013 issue.
(NB Technical Guidance Note Level 2, No. 6 contained within this issue was updated in October 2016. For the updated article, see the individual article entry for this issue.)
Publish Date - 1 June 2013
In his Kenneth Severn 2013 Award-winning paper, Joshua Macabuag advocates the adoption of a systems approach to the delivery of resilient buildings and infrastructure.
In 2009/10, there were 36 fatalities and more than 3000 major injuries in the UK resulting from falls from height. This article provides a brief overview of UK regulations and requirements, although the principles should be universal.
In response to the recent Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Dhaka, Director of Structural-Safety, Alastair Soane, highlights the need for robust regulations that take into account both technical and human factors.
Sean Brady examines one of the recurring themes from the ICE’s Fifth International Conference on Forensic Engineering.
This study clearly demonstrates the ability of a combined LPA and FEM approach to resolve complex structural engineering problems.
The use of masonry dates back to antiquity with evidence of the use of some form of stone masonry originating over 10,000 years ago. This guide introduces the material, focusing on the two most common forms; brick and concrete block.
Until relatively recently, masonry was the major load bearing component in a building structure. With the advent of steel and concrete frame technologies, masonry has become a part of a building’s cladding envelope and as such is more prone to being exposed to lateral loads than vertical ones.
This Technical Guidance Note concerns the design of masonry walls that are subject to lateral loads i.e. they are being used as a cladding element. It will discuss the way in which the material is assessed against how it is being restrained and its geometry. All of these factors have an impact on the design of masonry walls as well as the mortar within them and the exposure conditions. This is discussed in Technical Guidance Note 27 (Level 1) and should be read in conjunction with this guide.
(This article was updated in October 2016 to reflect errata issued since its original publication.)
This Timber Engineering Notebook introduces the checks for overall building stability and those required for the wall diaphragms which provide shear (or racking) resistance to a platform timber frame structure.
Topics discussed in this issue include; Modelling stability, Precast concrete
planks, Combination rules and Haiti.
In response to an article by Grenville Phillips (March 2013), Tom McGregor and Michael Summers of McGregor McMahon and Associates, report on the construction of a new hospital in one of the country's poorest areas.
Svetlana Brzev puts forward an argument for the use of confined masonry in the reconstruction work undertaken in Haiti.
Alan Hayward questions the validity of the 30 year failure cycle, discussed by Sean Brady in the May 2013 issue.
A look at the activities and achievements of a Group at the heart of some of the UK’s most significant structural projects.