All the articles published in the July 2017 issue.
Publish Date ‐ 3 July 2017
Congratulations to all the winners of the Institution’s 2017 People and Papers Awards, which were presented by President Ian Firth at a ceremony held on Thursday 8 June at Prince Phillip House, London.
The Papers Awards recognise outstanding work published in The Structural Engineer and Structures research journal, along with presentations given at HQ and around the regional groups. The People Awards acknowledge talented young engineers and those members who have made an outstanding contribution to Institution life.
The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Kenneth Severn Award is an annual essay competition for young engineers in which the question is set by the President. In this essay, 2017 winner Amy Cleaves considers how engineers can be educated to achieve elegance in their designs.
Constructed to meet the diverse needs of one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities, Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre features an undulating roof structure with hanging timber ‘cables’ suspended between large concrete buttresses. It is believed to be the world’s largest-spanning pure catenary timber roof, highlighting wood’s potential as a cost-effective, structurally efficient and aesthetically pleasing building material for aquatic facilities.
In this latest note, Matthew Byatt offers readers an introduction to BIM and a guide to the benefits it can bring to a project.
Six years since the UK government announced its BIM mandate, large parts of the industry are still getting to grips with what this really means to their business. Duncan Reed guides readers through the key stages, documents, terminology and, above all, processes that are ‘Level 2 BIM’.
In humanitarian, social and engineering terms, the catalyst for profound change is often a catastrophe whose name is remembered for years to come. The Grenfell Tower fire in London will become one such tragedy and the ramifications of the fire will resonate into the future.
A structure in its permanent state cannot be ‘wished into place’. Appropriate consideration must be given to construction methodology so that permanent works can be optimised, temporary works minimised and trade interfaces simplified. This article presents a list of general, high-level considerations that relate to construction methodology and optimisation of temporary/permanent works, with a number of examples provided.
From straightforward projects to complex design briefs, timber hybrid construction is gaining momentum.
Andrew Wylie discusses its benefits.
The UK government has recently triggered Article 50, starting the official departure process from the EU. This has led to a hotly debated topic within our industry: do we continue to use the Eurocodes or revert to the previous British Standards? Peter Watkins draws his own comparison of the main differences between the two.
This extensively revised guidance with worked examples will be of use to both students and engineers looking to use precast concrete for design to the Eurocodes, concludes Jenny Burridge.
Stability and the middle-third rule, Brexit and the Eurocodes, climate change, seismic engineering, the Edinburgh Schools Inquiry, and engineers' contribution to bridge aesthetics are all topics that have spurred readers to put pen to paper this month.
Upcoming events at HQ and around the Regional Groups.
Congratulations to the winners of the annual Structures prizes, which recognise outstanding examples of pure and applied research. The prizes, for papers published in the journal during 2016, were announced at
the Institution’s People and Papers Awards ceremony in London on 8 June.
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
This month’s prize is shared between two winners: Kevin Lyons of Lyons O’Neill and Stephen Fernandez of Arup.