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The Structural Engineer

All the articles published in the September 2016 issue.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016

The Structural Engineer

Immersive technology has existed for many years and in many guises, from stereoscopic viewers to head-mounted visual display units and shared experiences in immersive “caves”. However, it is only in the last 12–18 months that the technology has truly taken off and become accessible to the mainstream, developing more functionality and becoming much more affordable.

In this article, Jon Leach and Martin Fowler of AECOM examine how immersive technology can be used as a powerful collaborative tool, discussing its application on a number of live projects, its benefits, its current limitations, and how it already has a place as a valid communication tool within existing engineering design workflows.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016

The Structural Engineer

In recent years, a shortage of development space in many cities has led to a rise in the construction of tall buildings. This article looks at the role special concrete mixes – high-early-strength concrete and self-compacting concrete – have to play in the design and construction of medium-rise and tall buildings. Using research case studies, the article considers the potential savings in construction costs offered by the use of special concretes, as well as added value that may be realised through an increase in floor area.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016

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Singapore celebrated the opening of Asia’s first integrated sports, leisure, entertainment and lifestyle destination – the Singapore Sports Hub – in June 2014. Located on a 35ha waterfront site, within easy reach of the city centre and international airport, the Sports Hub is key to the Singapore government’s urban development plan and central to its 2020 vision for a sustainable, healthy and expanding population.

At the heart of the Sports Hub lies the new National Stadium, conceived as a unifying protective canopy that connects all parts of the Sports Hub masterplan. The dome to the stadium has a span of more than 310m, making it the largest free-spanning dome structure in the world. Aircooled, and designed with a movable roof and retractable seating for a wide range of sport and leisure events, it is a state-of-the-art stadium.

This article focuses primarily on how the engineering for the National Stadium was defined, while also providing an overview of the inputs that shaped the design of the wider precinct – from the original masterplan to specialist engineering concepts developed for integrated energy infrastructure, environmental and microclimate design, acoustics, fire engineering, pedestrian modelling, sports and feature lighting design.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016

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The latest article from Griffiths & Armour looks at the uncertainties of proceeding to trial over a professional indemnity claim.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016

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Transporting materials to construction sites is an everyday activity. Materials normally have to be procured, loaded, conveyed, unloaded and stored at site before use. Accidents have occurred at all of these stages and designers should be aware of the associated hazards, of what might go wrong and of measures that can minimise the risks.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016

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David Thomas introduces readers to the Temporary Works Forum and explains how it aims to promote good practice in this sometimes neglected area.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016

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This book will prove useful to engineers and architects in the concept design stage of a transparent shell, concludes Ian Liddell, although it is not technical enough to be used for detail design and construction purposes.

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Colin Toms finds this to be a valuable guide to contract types, procurement methods and general quantity surveying matters, but less strong on the design process and how this interacts with contractual matters.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016

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This month's letters respond to the Profile of Chris Wise published in the August issue; consider the impact of Brexit on the UK's continued use of the Eurocodes; ask for help from Caribbean members in identifying an early 20th century bridge; and clarify some of the points raised in August's health-and-safety note about glass.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016

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Upcoming events at HQ and around the regional groups.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016

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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

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016

The Structural Engineer

This month we bring you another question from the Institution’s Structural Behaviour Course. The topic is bending moment diagrams for portal frames.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2016