Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
1 July 2016
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But what constitutes something reasonably foreseeable? Mostly, engineers have to learn this from experience and that learning process ought to include keeping up to date with publicised events describing things that have gone wrong. Certain hazards relate only to particular structures and a risk assessment should be appropriate. Risk assessments should always consider the potential for human error along with the consequences.
In this highly personal address, 2016 Institution Gold Medallist, Robert Halvorson, describes how his long relationship with structural engineering practice and with the UK began with Sherlock Holmes. 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.
Congratulations to the winners of awards at the Institution’s annual People and Papers event, which celebrates the best papers published in The Structural Engineer, excellence in education, achievements by young engineers, and those members who have given outstanding service to the Institution.
All the articles published in the July 2016 issue.