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All articles published in the April 2015 issue.
Publish Date ‐ 1 April 2015
In the concluding part of an article based on his 2015 James Sutherland History Lecture, Alan Hayward continues the story of steel bridge building in Britain. Part 2 covers the period from the 1970s to the present day and looks at moveable, suspension and cable-stayed bridges.
Sean Brady concludes the story of the Brooklyn Bridge, detailing how Emily Roebling
defied the odds to see the project through to completion.
The fourth part of our series from insurance broker Griffiths & Armour looks at site inspections and the potential liability attached to these.
During the design process, it is important to be aware of the possibility of vandalism and its potential consequences. This article gives an overview of the types of incident that need to be considered.
Strut-and-tie modelling is a simple method of modelling complex stress patterns in
reinforced concrete as triangulated models. It is based on the same truss analogy as the design for shear in Eurocode 2 and can be applied to many elements. It is particularly useful where normal beam theory does not apply, i.e. where plane sections do not remain plane, e.g. in deep beams, corbels and pile caps. EC2 provides information about the use of strut-and-tie modelling and this article is an introduction for engineers who want to take advantage of this useful analysis method.
Cantilever stone staircases have been used in all sorts of buildings for more than 350 years.
Unfortunately, when surveying buildings we can be so intent on getting from floor
to floor that we forget to look at the stairs on the way. Like all structures, stairs need regular inspection and maintenance; without which, collapses can ultimately occur.
Synopses of 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
Kamran Moazami is the designer of the “greatest building in the world” – The Shard – but he also runs WSP’s UK structures division. He talks to Jackie Whitelaw about the power of a global community and how great buildings are good business.
In response to a Viewpoint published in the February issue, Brian Clancy challenges the
idea that structural engineers should not undertake surveys and inspections of buildings.
Ian Firth is unimpressed by a book that appears to offer little that is new to its intended audience and questions the real-world experience of the author.
Students and graduate engineers will find this book a useful resource to help them understand structural mechanics and solve design problems using hand calculations, says Nick Eckford.