Author: J. Birbeck, R. Smiley, G. Stowell and E. Newman-Sanders (all Atkins)
2 July 2018
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J. Birbeck, R. Smiley, G. Stowell and E. Newman-Sanders (all Atkins)
The paper describes the technical challenges from the point of view of a structural engineer, but in doing so, it draws in interfaces with disciplines as diverse as tunnel ventilation, electrical engineering, and rolling stock procurement. The reference design approach allowed unique features of the platform edge screens to be prototyped and tested before construction.
There is something special about megaprojects that brings out the best in engineering design and construction. It could be that the longer-term durations for the planning, design and build phases allow more measured and thoughtful decision making; it could be that the weight of public exposure and expectation creates an added incentive to succeed; it could be that the prestige of being part of the programme attracts the best teams in the best organisations; it could be that the extended schedule nurtures a team spirit and a collaborative way of working that is difficult to achieve in a typical shorter-term project.
All the articles from the July 2018 issue - a special issue on 'Structural engineering for the Elizabeth line'.
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