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All the articles from the June 2018 issue.
Publish Date ‐ 1 June 2018
Designing deep basements for buildings in historic city-centre locations is always a challenging proposition. The Exhibition Road Quarter project at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London – providing a new entrance, courtyard and purpose-built gallery for temporary exhibitions – was no exception. This article discusses the key structural engineering challenges of the project.
In this latest note, Jane Entwistle offers advice to consultants on how to obtain and use feedback from clients and other stakeholders to grow their business.
In the UK, steel-framed buildings with precast concrete floors are a common form of multistorey building. Such structures may be used for car parking, for commercial, retail or residential property developments, and for public buildings, such as schools and hospitals. This hybrid form of construction has many benefits, including the provision of an early, secure and broad platform from which subsequent site activities can be undertaken.
This article is the last in a series of three addressing aspects of designing steel-framed buildings with precast concrete floors. The article deals with the means of reducing the sensitivity of such a building to disproportionate collapse.
Marelize Visser is managing to combine running her own successful South African consultancy with a growing role in the Institution. Doing one without the other would not have been an option. Interview by Jackie Whitelaw.
Alastair Hughes calls for the simplification of Eurocode 0's combination rule in the name of a clear, simple, safe design approach.
This book presents an interesting – if simplistic – approach for the simulation of progressive collapse of building structures, and may be of interest to researchers and software developers working in this area, concludes Bassam Izzuddin.
Pete Walker welcomes this new introduction to CLT construction for designers, although notes that structural engineers may be disappointed by the lack of detailed design guidance.
This month's letters detail the use of invisible connections in the Leadenhall Building, offer more thoughts on innovation in engineering, make the case for retaining historical building control records, discuss site investigations for basement projects and the strut-and-tie method for concrete detailing, seek advice on water entrapment in hollowcore concrete floors, and ask whether modern codes are overcomplicating design.
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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.
A new issue of Structures (Volume 14, June 2018) is now available at www.structuresjournal.org.
Editor-in-Chief, Professor Leroy Gardner, has selected a paper on ‘Exploring Bridge Dynamics for Ultra-high- speed, Hyperloop, Trains’ as his featured article. This will be available free of charge online for the next six months.
Further highlights discuss the ‘Resistance of Axially Loaded T- and X-Joints of Elliptical Hollow Sections at Elevated Temperatures’ and ‘Ultimate Strength Analysis of Laminated Composite Sandwich Plates’.
This month we present a reader contribution from Rabee Kafina MIStructE on bending moment diagrams.