All articles published in the March 2014 issue.
Publish Date ‐ 28 February 2014
Since winning the structural engineering commission in 2008, AKT II have been responsible for all construction information on the primary structure. As the structural aspects of the project near completion, the team report on the challenges involved in designing the largest biomedical research institute in Europe.
The authors describe a form of bridge construction that, despite being rarely seen outside of France and Japan, can provide significant cost savings for medium to long span concrete bridge projects.
Based on a recently published case study in ASCE’s Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Sean Brady highlights the systemic management failings that resulted in huge financial cost and significant reputational damage to a high profile project.
Despite grounds for optimism in the UK economy, Peter Westlake advocates a mindful approach during contract preparation, to mitigate potential issues.
At certain times, engineers will be required to visit construction sites. All sites, whether large or small, are potentially hazardous. Junior engineers need to become acquainted with the general hazards they might encounter, as well as the corresponding means of assuring personal health and safety.
This note is an introduction to glass as a structural material. It describes glass in terms of its properties, how it reacts when subjected to various forces, and the design methods being explored by structural engineers.
This article looks at the concrete slab, considering the beam effective flange and how disruption to the concrete can be accommodated.
This article examines the prestressing for a concrete bridge. Prestressing enhances the capacity of a member that is weak in tension, but strong in compression. It effectively creates a new material that is strong in tension. A prestressed bridge has much less steel to be handled, which reduces congestion, leading to easier and quicker concrete placing.
The introduction of Eurocodes has altered the format of pile loading information and the procedures with which the structural and geotechnical design resistances for piles are determined. The E-Pile Schedule has been developed by the UK Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) to accommodate the latest Eurocode requirements for loading on foundations. This article highlights the considerable benefits of adopting a standard pile schedule for Eurocode design.
Letters in this issue include discussion on scaffolding guidance, design failures and Verulam's role...
Matthew Myerscough comments on a book by two steel bridge experts.