20 November 2017
The Structural Engineer, Volume 95, Issue 11, 2017, Page(s) 50
The 50th Awards have seen the categories revamped to place a stronger emphasis on the structural characteristics of a project, rather than the type of structure. The judging process has also been overhauled to avoid potential conflicts of interest and ensure independent scrutiny of the shortlisted projects.
Congratulations to all this year’s winning and commended entries! Read all about them in this special Awards section.
(The PDF was updated on 21 November 2017 to correct the image of the Severn Bridge on page 28.)
Jacob Borchers, winner of the Institution’s Pai Lin Li Travel Award 2016, used his grant to research the problems and complexity of implementing the design of seismic-resistant schools in rural Nepal. Numerous organisations face these issues as they attempt to rebuild the country in the wake of the 2015 earthquakes. The research is qualitative: based on interviews with experienced professionals and local residents; and on the observations of the author.
This month’s winner is Alasdair Massie of Peter Brett Associates, who receives an e-book of his choice from the Institution’s current catalogue. Alasdair’s sketches reproduced here illustrate how part of a chimney might be removed and re-supported.
In this section we shine a spotlight on papers recently published in Structures – the Research Journal of The Institution of Structural Engineers. This month, we present an impact statement on 'Prestressing in Coventry Cathedral' - a paper by Chris Burgoyne and Owen Mitchell in which they describe a study of the cathedral to identify the locations of the prestressing tendons. The paper concludes with a question that should concern all engineers: “at what point does a perfectly adequate structure become compromised because of ignorance of what is going on internally?”