Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
1 December 2016
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The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
Recently the UK has commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster (south Wales) in which a whole mining spoil tip moved, engulfing housing and a school. In total, 116 schoolchildren and 28 adults were killed, buried by the soil. The tip was unstable (partly because material had been dumped on flowing water) and the potential for movement had been ignored).
In a paper based on his 2016 IABSE Milne Medal Lecture, James O'Callaghan reflects on his career as an engineer and, in particular, his interest in the art of structural glass design – a field in which he is widely acknowledged as an authority. James illustrates the evolution of glass as a structural material over the last 20 years and considers its future in an industry increasingly focused on energy efficiency. The Milne Medal is awarded annually to an individual engineer for excellence in structural design, both in the overall concept and in the attention to detail in their work, and is named in recognition of the late Bob Milne, who served for many years as the Honorary Secretary of the IABSE British Group.
The winners of The Structural Awards 2016 were announced on 11 November during a ceremony held at The Brewery in London. Over 380 people attended the event, which was hosted by BBC presenter Clive Myrie.
All the articles published in the December 2016 issue.