Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
1 February 2017
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The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
In his inaugural address, 2017 President of The Institution of Structural Engineers, Ian Firth, celebrates the role of the structural engineer in contributing to the built environment and highlights some of the challenges and opportunities facing the profession today: the need to communicate to the public what structural engineers do and to inspire young people to join the profession; the value society places on aesthetics and high-quality design; the dangers of forgoing independent checking and supervision; the threat to innovation from ever-shorter preconstruction times; the questions posed by environmental considerations; the moral imperative to engage in humanitarian activities; and the creative disruption brought about by technological change.
All the articles published in the February 2017 issue.
Well-designed and well-executed temporary works solutions can lead to big cost savings, while providing a safe and efficient environment for the permanent works to be built. This is particularly the case with below-ground temporary works, where there are a great many challenges to be faced by a temporary works designer.