All articles published in the February 2015 issue.
Publish Date ‐ 1 February 2015
In his inaugural address, 2015 President Tim Ibell sets out his vision for the Institution. A theme close to his heart is the need to inspire children to consider a career in structural engineering by emphasising that, at its core, it is a creative, problem-solving profession.
The Kelpies are a visually stunning pair of 30m high sculptures of horses’ heads located in Falkirk, Scotland. This unique project was the result of close collaboration between artist and engineer – and was made possible thanks to analysis software packages.
Sean Brady highlights the perils of sticking rigidly to a concrete construction schedule regardless of weather conditions.
In the second part of our series from insurance broker Griffiths & Armour, we look at the value of written records when defending a negligence claim.
All electrical work is potentially dangerous. In addition to the usual risks
inherent with any electrical supply, site work can be particularly dangerous due to the risk of underground cables being cut or overhead wires being touched. The evolving nature of construction sites generates considerable uncertainty. Structural engineers will not be involved in power circuit design, but they should be aware of the inherent dangers on sites, particularly when planning alterations.
This note is intended to help structural engineers in England and Wales provide the correct information in support of a Building Regulations application in order to demonstrate compliance with the Building Act 1984 and the Building Regulations 2010.
Some masonry design in the UK uses concrete blocks. BS EN 1996 (Eurocode 6) covers the design of masonry for buildings and civil engineering works and is organised into four parts. This design guide covers vertical load design (strength and eccentricity) and concentrated loads.
As structural engineering students, we learn about mild steel, modern design and
construction methods. However, historic structures often do not fit into this mould.
Whether you work in conservation or are a general practitioner, you are likely to come across cast iron, wrought iron, as well as early mild steel structures.
The latest papers accepted for publication in the Institution's new research journal, Structures.
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
Last year’s winner of the Institution’s Young Structural Engineering Professional Award,
Kayin Dawoodi, has been promoted to senior engineer by his employer Arup and is a
founding trustee of the UK branch of charity Bridges to Prosperity.
Atelier One’s Christopher Matthews, 26, was runner up in the 2014 Young Structural Engineering Professional Award with a fascinating presentation on the analysis for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. His work allowed stagers to use the existing stadium roof for spectacular flying scenic displays. He tells Jackie Whitelaw about his career so far.
Commended in the 2014 Young Structural Engineering Professional Award was 27-year-old Ed Hollis of StructureMode, who entered his work on an acrylic pyramid art installation called Lûz.
Drawing on his long experience as a consulting engineer and expert witness, Philip Ross
shares his strongly held views on the liability risks that arise from preparing structural reports, particularly those concerning a crack in a wall.
Letters this month include discussion on the late payment of fees and the way in which the profession appears to be misrepresented by the Structural Awards Judging Panel.