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All the articles from the October 2018 issue.
Publish Date - 1 October 2018
The early development of design skills is important for undergraduate students in structural engineering, as it provides an integrated context for their other studies and generates interest and excitement in the subject. It is equally important that students are given the freedom to experiment and generate unique design outputs so that they can start to understand their own design identity and develop good engineering judgement. This has been the focus of publications such as that by Stratford. This paper describes an innovative and integrated approach to the teaching of structural design to first-year Civil Engineering students at the University of Southampton, which has received The Institution of Structural Engineers Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award 2018.
The majority of the first-year Civil Engineering design curriculum is taught via a project called Prototype. Prototype encourages the development of design skills, processes and responsibilities, and challenges the students to develop and prototype structures in response to specific briefs. Focus is placed upon design being an iterative process, the application of fundamental structural understandings, the value of integrating prototyping, and the need for structural engineering to be appreciated as a craft that can balance and homogenise wide-ranging design factors and that can be delivered with ambition, technical skill, subtlety and joy.
This paper describes the design rationale and linkages to mechanics, structures and materials. Wider design activities within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, including recent strategic investments, are also discussed. Emphasis is placed on project outcomes.
The TallWood House at Brock Commons is an 18-storey, 400-bed student residence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Reaching 53m, the building is among the tallest mass-timber hybrids in the world. The building features an innovative ‘post and panel’ system, with cross-laminated timber panels, point-supported on glulam columns. The project highlights mass timber’s increasing viability as a cost-effective building material for high-rise construction.
In the latest article in the series, Rob Paul discusses the steps that engineers can take to mitigate against design errors appearing in their work.
This Technical Guidance Note is intended to act as an aide to those seeking to design an unreinforced masonry retaining wall. Following this guidance will prevent cracking and ensure that the wall performs as originally intended.
The note will not cover the design of reinforced masonry retaining walls and variants of that form. Such reinforcement typically strengthens the wall itself against induced bending stresses and the wall’s geometry will therefore be somewhat different to that of an unreinforced retaining wall.
The note will also not discuss the applied actions that a retaining wall will be subjected to, nor the construction of retaining walls. These subjects have previously been covered in the following Technical Guidance Notes: Level 1, No. 8: Derivation of loading to retaining structures and Level 1, No. 33: Retaining wall construction. It is assumed that the reader is familiar with the content of both these notes.
Sarah Williamson came to structural engineering a few years later than most, but since starting her career she has forged her way to being one of the key minds responsible for delivery of the multibillion-pound main civils work contract at Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant. Jackie Whitelaw went to meet her.
This month's letters reflect on the Genoa bridge collapse and ask how many other pieces of infrastructure may be unsafe; consider the subsidence problems that may arise from a hot summer; discuss the importance of retaining old building records; and call for better promotion of the industry and careers in engineering through the media.
Simon Pole finds this book to be an easy read on what is a heavy subject. It contains helpful guidance for any engineers considering taking on the role of party wall surveyor.
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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.
This month we summarise the highlights from the August issue (Volume 15).
This month's teaser from reader Richard Hollamby concerns a cantilever beam subjected to a uniform live load.