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The Structural Engineer

All articles published in the December 2015 issue.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – Various

Price – £25

The Structural Engineer

Alfriston School is a secondary day and boarding school for girls in Buckinghamshire, UK. The project involved the construction of a new 750m2 swimming pool and sports department. The building has a floating timber roof, which houses a four-lane swimming pool and changing areas.

The structural challenges included realising the complex geometries in the roof while maintaining an open soffit. A system of panels was developed using cross-laminated timber boarding fixed to glued laminated beams. The roof panels act as the structural elements spanning the swimming pool and provide stability.

Small-diameter steel columns were designed to act as cantilevers from the reinforced-concrete retaining walls, transferring the vertical and horizontal loads from the roof structure. This method eliminates any cross-bracing and minimises the visual structure, giving the appearance of a floating roof.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – A. Downey (Elliott Wood) & M. Renshaw (Elliott Wood)

Price – £9

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This month’s article from Griffiths & Armour considers the potential pitfalls of novation agreements and offers advice on how to avoid or mitigate these.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – Griffiths & Armour

Price – £9

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Sean Brady explores the wider societal ramifications of devastating structural failures.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – S. Brady (Brady Heywood)

Price – £9

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Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner Louise Hosking offers advice on managing some of the challenges posed by the new CDM regulations.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – L. Hosking (Hosking Associates Ltd)

Price – £9

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In this article, we summarise the latest CROSS newsletter from Structural-Safety.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – A. Soane

Price – £9

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Working at height is always hazardous. When very tall buildings are being designed, constructed or modified, a number of standard hazards become exaggerated and require special attention.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel

Price – £9

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The Timber Engineering Notebook series concludes by examining the use of glued-in rods for timber connections. The increased use of manufactured timber, such as glued laminated timber (glulam) and laminated veneer lumber (LVL), with improved mechanical properties and the ability to produce cross-sections of almost unlimited size,has driven the timber engineering industry to come up with improved connection systems. Glued-in rods and plates have been used in the UK as a method of connecting timber since the 1970s. They offer the possibility of creating concealed connections that are capable of transferring large forces and moments with minimal slip due to their high stiffness.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – The Structural Timber Association

Price – £9

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Timber and stone are the oldest known building materials. Our most ancient buildings are characterised by their use. So it is no surprise that an engineer looking after historic fabric will regularly encounter the need to repair timberwork.

The greatest threats to the structural integrity of timber are from attack by rot and insect; therefore, in the damp British Isles, those working in conservation will often need to reach for the sketchpad to record and re-detail areas damaged by the effects of moisture.

Interventions to historic timberwork are also necessary when a building is converted. This happens, for example, when floor joists are reframed or loading is assessed for a new use. While philosophically this is different to a simple repair, it nevertheless requires similar skillsets to achieve the best, most sensitive results.

This article looks briefly at these matters, first from the aspect of conservation philosophy and material choice to establish some ground rules, and then by showing some of the details typically in use in the UK today. In order to focus on these, it does not consider survey and diagnosis.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – J. Miller (Ramboll)

Price – £9

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In this new section of The Structural Engineer, we shine a spotlight on papers recently published in Structures – the Research Journal of The Institution of Structural Engineers. Structures is a collaboration between the Institution and Elsevier, publishing internationally-leading research across the full breadth of structural engineering which will benefit from wide readership by academics and practitioners. Access to Structures is free to all during 2015. From 2016, Institution members will continue to receive free access as one of their membership benefits. The journal is available online at: www.elsevier.com/locate/structures

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – Various

Price – Free

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After 16 years in the Army, Major Nick Francis is making the move into civilian engineering. What have been the highlights of his career so far and what has he learned in the military that will help his new employer? Jackie Whitelaw reports.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – J. Whitelaw

Price – Free

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Tianjian Ji welcomes this short introduction to structural engineering, which goes some way to addressing the lack of books on engineering for the general reader

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – T. Ji (University of Manchester)

Price – Free

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This thoroughly researched book will appeal to doctorate-level academics and specialist consultants working on long-span cable-supported bridges, believes Matthew Myerscough.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – M. Myerscough (Cass Hayward)

Price – Free

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Letters this month focus on CE marking, particularly CE marking of steel and whether it is possible to CE mark a swing bridge.

Publish Date - 1st December 2015

Author – Various

Price – £9