All the articles published in the November 2016 issue.
Publish Date ‐ 1 November 2016
The deconstruction of unwanted buildings and the subsequent reuse of salvaged timber elements is a growing practice in North America. Based on information collected during his 2015–16 Pai Lin Li Travel Award trip to Detroit and the Great Lakes region of North America, Dan Bergsagel contrasts current deconstruction practices and wood reuse practices in the USA and UK, and presents recommendations on how they can be encouraged in the UK.
The Etihad Stadium is the home of Manchester City Football Club. During the 2014/15 football season, the club expanded the ground by 6000 seats, also adding new hospitality spaces, improving access and covering the expansion with a new roof. The work was completed in just 16 months, without a single minute of interruption to play. The new South Stand was opened on 16 August 2015 at the first home match of the season, in front of a record crowd of 54 331.
This paper describes the structural engineering design for the South Stand expansion, which was led by BuroHappold Engineering. The main structural engineering challenges centred on the development of a new design allowing alterations to an existing clad cable-net roof. Constraints imposed by the existing structure included its complex geometry, complex roof typology, existing underground structures and site constraints. These design challenges were further complicated by a request from the club to provide continued rain protection over the existing stand throughout the season, coupled with the overall demands of a fast programme.
Part 2 of this article, to be published in December, will describe the construction activities, which were led by Laing O’Rourke and Severfield Watson.
Our series from Griffiths & Armour continues by examining the issues involved in bringing a recovery action following settlement of a professional indemnity claim.
In the second part of the series, John Carpenter examines the impact of CDM 2015 and temporary works on permanent works design.
This article provides a brief summary of the impact of the most common forms of degradation on the safety of structures. This is illustrated by examples of where deterioration has caused collapse.
This article looks three examples of using a permanent works designer in temporary works.
This captivating book on the value of sketching – illustrated with a range of case histories – is a must-have for engineers at any level, concludes Paul Perry.
With an enormous quantity of easily accessible information, this practical book deserves to be widely adopted for timber scheme designs, says Richard Harris, although a greater focus on timber’s sensitivity to moisture movement would have been welcome.
The examples in the book will be useful to engineers looking to set up models in Abaqus to investigate the collapse behaviour of structures, believes Roger Davies, but less so to the more general reader.
This month's letters return to the subject of the Eurocodes in the light of Brexit, consider the future of engineering and architecture, and ask for readers' help in identifying the youngest ever person to pass the Institution's CM Exam.
Upcoming events at HQ and around the regional groups.
In this section 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 benefi t from wide readership by academics and practitioners.
Access to Structures is free to Institution members (excluding Student members) as one of their membership benefits, with access provided via the “My account” section of the Institution website. The journal is available online at: www.structuresjournal.org
The Institution’s E-library was launched in June this year, for the first time offering members worldwide a Library service regardless of their location or the time of day. The intention in the first year was to build up a collection of titles that any structural engineer might expect to have in their own library. Our aim is to cater for all members’ needs, whether they be preparing for the Chartered Membership Examination or further on in their career and undertaking more detailed design and analysis work.
So, what exactly can members expect to find in the E-library? The collection consists entirely of textbooks – rather than report-type publications such as those published by BRE, CIRIA, The Concrete Society, SCI, TRADA, etc. – and does not include standards or any of the Institution’s own suite of publications, which can now also be purchased as PDFs from the Institution bookshop.
The initial collection consists of over 90 titles and is growing continuously, with suggestions from members welcomed.
Send your suggestions or feedback to: [email protected]
This month we bring you another question from the Institution’s Structural Behaviour Course. The topic is trusses. The answer will be published in December.