Author: D. Morris
1st August 2016
First published: 1st August 2016
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This month's letters return to the Ronan Point failure; continue the discussion on the public perception of structural engineering; consider how the profession has changed over time; and look back at the introduction of professional indemnity cover and computers.
Award-winning structural engineer Chris Wise has always challenged convention and has no plans to stop. In his sights currently are multiple targets, including the whole structural engineering profession, its businesses and his own future.
In this winning entry to the Institution’s 2016 Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award, Tim Stratford describes the changes that the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering has made to its civil engineering degree programmes in order to put creative design at the heart of the learning process.
The article discusses the motivation for these changes, the steps that have been taken to create a “design thread” for students, the results that have been achieved, future challenges relating to digital engineering, and learning points which will help other universities wishing to set out on a similar path.