All the articles published in the May 2016 issue.
(NB This issue was updated on 3 May 2016 to correct the diagrams for the 'And finally...' quiz on page 61.)
Publish Date – 1 May 2016
Tim Lucas of Price & Myers explains how he threw the engineering and contracting rulebook out of the
window in building his own house in Kew, southwest London. He approaches the project from three different
points of view: as a structural engineer who designed the structure of his own new home; as a main contractor
who took the risks of building it; and finally as a client who wanted to commission a building that was both
respectful of Kew as a location and whose design approach to the architectural and engineering challenges of
the site was considered in an inventive way, from first principles.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is an annual commission of a temporary installation in the lawns of Kensington Gardens, London, and aims to be a fusion of art and contemporary architecture. An internationally acclaimed architect, who is yet to complete a project within the UK, is commissioned by the Gallery to deliver an initial concept and work together with the Technical Advisers, AECOM with David Glover, and the Main Contractor, Stage One, to deliver the final product over a period of less than six months.
In 2015, Spanish architects selgascano accepted the invitation of the Gallery to deliver its 15th Pavilion. This article provides a brief summary of the design-and-build process, detailing how the team developed the initial concept into the final Pavilion, which opened to the public in the summer of 2015.
The series on professional indemnity claims from Griffiths & Armour moves on to examine useful defence arguments, beginning with complete defences.
Sean Brady concludes his tale of the Panama Canal and looks ahead to the potential challenges of building the proposed Nicaragua Canal.
This article explores why a check on stability is required for all structures in both their permanent and temporary states.
According to the Institution's librarians, one of the most common requests they receive is for information on structural floor systems dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In particular, engineers appear to have a thirst to know more about filler-joist floors. This article describes their origin and how they perform.
Richard Garry responds to Paul Bell’s article on the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, published in the February 2016 issue, and offers some further clarification of the Act.
Whatever the outcome of the UK’s EU referendum on 23 June, the structural Eurocodes are here to stay, believes former Institution President, David Nethercot.
This new guide for principal designers under CDM 2015 by and large offers pragmatic advice on how the role may be undertaken, concludes Steve Jones.
Angus Palmer enjoys this well-researched book describing the evolution of engineering technology and tools from the early Bronze Age to the Greek and Roman empires, and believes it will appeal to both engineers and the public at large.
This month's letters discuss media coverage of structural engineering, the thorny issue of "reasonably practicable", the role of the principal designer, the need for greater recognition of temporary works, and the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
Upcoming events at Institution 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 benefit 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
This month we bring you another question from the Institution’s Structural Behaviour Course. The topic is bending moment diagrams. Answers will be published in the June issue.
(NB This article was updated on 3 May 2016 to correct the diagrams for May's question and possible answers.)