Author: Robert A. Halvorson
1 July 2016
Robert A. Halvorson
Halvorson explains how, in many ways, his career has been guided, for better or for worse, by how Holmes conducted his consulting practice. His detective practice involved many of the same issues that engineers face: his work required technical knowledge; he had clients of all sorts to deal with; he worked with intransigent public officials; he had to use his skills to investigate unknowns and arrive at logical conclusions; and so on.
Halvorson shares some of the little bits of wisdom that others – colleagues, friends and, of course, Holmes himself – have shared with him over the years.
The Institution of Structural Engineers' Kenneth Severn Award is an annual essay competition for young engineers under the age of 28 in which the question is set by the President. In this essay, 2016 winner Robert Jackson sets out a checklist of eight items that structural engineers should consider in order to embed sustainability into their designs.
This month we bring you another question from the Institution’s Structural Behaviour Course. The topic is indeterminate bending moment diagrams. Answers will be published in the August issue.
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