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Making big things move

Structural engineers are well versed in applying codes and standards to ensure that structures meet rigorous safety and durability requirements. However, the design, construction and operation of moving structures can be a very different discipline, often closer to the mechanical engineering design of a bespoke machine than to traditional structural engineering. This article outlines key considerations for any structural engineer involved in the conception, design and delivery of moving structures, and provides advice on seeking specialist support.

Author(s): N. Francis and M. Thorogood (Eadon Consulting)