All the articles from the August 2018 issue.
Publish Date ‐ 1 August 2018
The President reports on her first six months in office, highlighting three principal themes: engagement with UN Sustainable Development Goals, the importance of sharing knowledge within our professional communities (at Regional Group level), and the various forms that 'leadership' can take within the profession.
A land shortage in Singapore means that multilevel warehouse facilities are the norm. This paper describes how the building was designed and constructed, addressing the challenges of a complex site with existing underground live utilities and surrounding buildings. These challenges also relate to the programme sequence and construction methodology, with the key objective of zero disruption to the live water mains running across the site. The client's operational requirements, particularly the levelness and flatness of the floors, brought further challenges.
Matt Byatt clarifies the duties and responsibilities of structural engineers involved in building projects requiring structural steelwork.
Many modern office towers are of steel-composite constructione. However, the lightweight nature of steel means a lower modal mass – and vibrations from active sources (e.g. footfall) need be considered carefully during the design stage. This article discusses vibration performance and mitigation based on recent experience in Singapore.
This article provides a brief introduction to demolition practice in the UK, addressing the more technical aspects requiring engineering input.
Hanif Kara is a world-class structural engineer who is more appreciated by those outside his profession than those within it; or that, at least, is how he feels. Jackie Whitelaw talks to a man who wonders if he is too different to be embraced by the establishment.
The debate over the value of the magazine's brainteasers continues, as does the best way to promote the profession to the younger generation. Thoughts on the use of the term 'chartered engineer' and what constitutes a 'chartered engineering practice' are also put forward.
Owen Brooker finds this to be a useful book for anyone wanting to produce preliminary structural sizes, although its value to UK professionals is reduced by a focus on the USA.
Upcoming events at HQ and around the Regional Groups.
In this section we shine a spotlight on papers recently published in Structures – the Institution's research journal.
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 Ron has selected a rather unusual winner...