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The Structural Engineer

All the articles from the February 2018 issue.

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Research and development are crucial for the future of our profession, and help to ensure that the structures we design are safe, efficient and sustainable. The primary role of the Institution's Research Panel, which comprises members from both industry and academia, is to support and promote research through our various grant schemes and initiatives. We also seek to enhance engagement between academia and industry to maximise the impact of research. Our key resource is the Institution's Research Fund, which relies heavily on annual donations from members. In this article, we set out our initiatives, priorities and future plans.

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I am truly honoured and delighted to be taking up the role of President of an institution established by those with the vision and leadership to create an inspiring, engaging and relevant home for structural engineers, 110 years ago.

Today, the Institution’s purpose, in light of the complex challenges before us, is as vital as ever to the future of our profession; as we structural engineers work to develop built environments that better the lives of others around the world.

I look to my presidency as an opportunity to work with all of you to shape a successful future, where we – and those joining our profession in years to come – will have a breadth of outlook, a depth of expertise and will exercise leadership to take our profession forward, enabling structural engineers everywhere to be the best they can be.

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Director of Structural-Safety, Alastair Soane, discusses the key findings of the interim report into Building Regulations and fire safety from the Hackitt Review.

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Mark Pundsack explains why structural engineering firms should invest in the development of their staff.

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The design of timber posts follows the same principles as the design of vertical structural elements formed from other materials. Extreme fibre stresses or buckling due to applied axial forces are the key components affecting a post’s ability to perform. The major difference is the anisotropic nature of timber, which, for vertical elements, has a significant impact on the assessment of their performance as a structural member.

The design of timber elements in the UK, according to current codes of practice, is based on limit state theory. This Technical Guidance Note adopts this approach to describe the design of timber posts. The note assumes that the reader is familiar with the use of coefficient factors prevalent within BS EN 1995-1-1 (Eurocode 5), as described in Technical Guidance Notes Level 1, No. 18 Design of timber floor joists and Level 2, No. 14 Design of unrestrained timber beams.

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Site hoarding is a temporary structure erected around the perimeter of construction sites to prevent any unauthorised person gaining access. Hoarding can be erected using a modular system or be a bespoke installation. This article provides an introduction to the design of conventional timber hoardings using plywood sheets.

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Engineer for the award-winning British Airways i360 observation tower in Brighton, Dr John Roberts, is 70 this year and has no plans to stop work. Jackie Whitelaw talked to a man who intends to be the oldest engineer at his employer, Jacobs, and still turning out ground-breaking designs.

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Stephen Hargreaves of insurance broker Griffiths & Armour discusses the recent experiences of UK consultants with regards to liability and contractual terms.

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This month's letters continue the discussion on the value of the brainteasers in the publication, offer another view on load factors, request that building control records be kept for posterity, and address concrete detailing.

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Robert Thorne enjoys this thorough and immaculately referenced biography of a great Victorian engineer whose inventiveness and achievements are underappreciated today.

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Upcoming events at HQ and from around the Regional Groups.

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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

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This month's winner is Alan Hayward FREng, CEng, FICE, FIStructE, whose sketches are of the Victorian footbridge at Alton Station in Hampshire, which is to undergo restoration.

To enter the round of The Drawing Board, submit your sketch to [email protected] by 26 March 2018.

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