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The Structural Engineer

All the articles published in the May 2017 issue.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – Various

Price – £25

The Structural Engineer

Among the British Neolithic henge monuments, Stonehenge is unique, in particular as a stone monument located in the centre of an earthwork. There are many hypotheses about the possible function of this central building, but it is still not clear why it was built nor what its original design was like. This article considers the possibility that Stonehenge was constructed as a roofed temple.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – F. Hájek

Price – £9

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With London’s Heathrow Airport recently celebrating its 70th year of commercial operation and looking forward to further expansion, this paper describes a major contribution to its passenger handling infrastructure.

As part of the redevelopment of the eastern side of Heathrow Airport, destined to become the new Terminal 2 (The Queen’s Terminal), Mott MacDonald was appointed to deliver the civil and structural engineering scheme and detailed design for an operationally complex pier, intended to serve 10M passengers a year.

The new pier was delivered on a physically constricted site inside the high-security (airside) zone of this major international airport. Building in such a location creates a singular set of conflicting demands, headed by the need to minimise the risks to aircraft operations through carefully planned and executed construction operations that avoid potential security breaches or alarms. This manifests itself in increased logistical challenges, including the need to security screen all staff, plant and materials entering the construction site, manage the execution of major construction works next to passenger aircraft operations, and overcome the effects of aircraft noise on safe working practices.

These exacting circumstances demanded an equally singular design approach, focused on the use of appropriate, dependable, on-site construction methods and maximising off-site fabrication. All this was to be achieved while working with the architect to create a passenger experience consistent with a leading international hub airport.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – D. Podesta (Mott MacDonald)

Price – £9

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Colin Toms provides advice on matters that an engineer should plan for once construction begins on site.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – C. Toms

Price – £9

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Experienced engineer and marketer, David Brett, shares his top tips on how to succeed when presenting to a client.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – D. Brett

Price – £9

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Alastair Soane and John Cutlack mark the publication of a new edition of the Institution’s guide to temporary demountable structures by introducing readers to the key considerations in their design, erection and dismantling.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – A. Soane (Structural-Safety) and J. Cutlack (Consultant to COWI UK Ltd)

Price – £9

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Article No. 55 in this series discussed structural safety and highlighted ‘robustness’ as a key attribute. The demand that structures be ‘robust’ is enshrined in building regulations, yet it causes difficulties because, unlike other safety attributes, it is not a quality easily defined by mathematical equation. Hence, there are problems for designers in knowing what to do (and how much to provide) and there are problems for regulators in verifying that what is provided is sufficient. Many safety issues on site can be traced back to a failure to assure robustness in temporary works.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Health and Safety Panel

Price – £9

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Current highway bridge designs in the UK tend to favour either composite steel girders with a precast or in situ concrete deck for long spans, or precast concrete beams with an in situ concrete deck for spans of less than 40m. This article considers temporary works, in particular the use of temporary supports, to precast concrete bridge beams during deck construction.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – C. Bennion (Kier Group)

Price – Free

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Structural engineers must do more than play a supporting role to architects’ designs, argues 2017 Institution President, Ian Firth. We must also engage in the conceptual design process and have our say on what good design is.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – I. Firth

Price – £9

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This book provides good coverage of durability design of concrete structures and valuable information for the understanding of deterioration processes, concludes Long-yuan Li. It will serve as a useful reference work for both students and practising engineers.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – L.-y. Li

Price – Free

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This month's letters include several in response to the Edinburgh Schools Inquiry, a robust perspective on climate change, and a discussion of resource management and fees.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – Various

Price – £9

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Upcoming events at HQ and around the Regional Groups.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – Various

Price – Free

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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 - 2nd May 2017

Author – Various

Price – Free

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Much of the work undertaken by the Institution’s members is in maintaining, altering and extending the existing infrastructure. As a result, many of the enquiries that come in to the Library are requests for information on existing structures – how they were built and the codes, systems and products used to build them.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – R. Thomas

Price – £9

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This month’s question on tension forces in a canopy has been provided by Institution Member Hugh Morrison.

Publish Date - 2nd May 2017

Author – H. Morrison

Price – £9