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The Structural Engineer

All the articles from the January 2019 issue.

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A year ago, I opened my presidency with a call to embrace the future – a future which, I am convinced, will look quite different to what we have become used to; and, with the increasing complexity and opportunity, a call to work together for a creative and collaborative future.

I believe, as I stated then, that the world is changing at a scale and pace which challenges our ability to understand the implications of these changes, let alone adapt to them, before there are changes yet again.

Sharp headlines have underlined this for all of us throughout the year, reminding us that we, as individual professionals or collectively as an institution, cannot afford to stand still.

I am proud to say that the Institution is not standing still, as over the past year I have met those members and professional communities around the world who are passionate about seeing that our profession will continue to play a vital role in the future of tomorrow’s built environment.

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This paper is the first of a two-part introduction to bridge design for structural engineers. Together, the two parts identify nine major issues relating to bridges, of which structural engineers more familiar with building design should be aware. Part 1 addresses construction, aesthetics, value, environment and loads; while Part 2 will cover materials, elements, effects and detailing.

The papers make the case for bridge design to be overseen by a single guiding hand – an experienced and creative bridge engineer with a wide range of social, visionary and technical skills.

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This paper describes the innovative parametric design and evolutionary optimisation process used for the Solar Gate – an ethereal sculpture created for Hull's UK City of Culture year in 2017.

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In this latest note, Richard Lankshear sets out a number of key principles to help maximise the effectiveness of meetings.

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The Institution's Professional Development Manager, Peter Washer, considers what it means to be a leader and how leadership skills can be learned.

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Thin panels of masonry in large buildings, or cavity wall skins, require additional horizontal support to make them stable. The element that provides this support is a vertical prop known as a ‘windpost’. Its principal role is to provide lateral support against destabilising horizontal forces that typically originate from wind pressure – hence, the name.

Windposts are typically steel elements – either open sections, such as channels or angles, or closed sections, such as rolled hollow rectangular sections. This Technical Guidance Note provides guidance on the design and detailing of windposts relating to their incorporation into building structures.

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Dr Angus Law, Dr Rory Hadden and Professor Luke Bisby seek clarification of the fire safety strategy employed at this landmark high-rise timber building in Canada.

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Four Past Presidents of the Institution – Professor John Nolan, Professor Nick Russell, Professor Ian Firth and Professor Tim Ibell – argue that attracting, enthusing, nurturing and launching the next generation of structural engineers should look different to that which we have seen in the past.

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This month's letters address the Eurocodes again; consider whether it is preferable to demolish or dismantle unsafe tower blocks; return to the topic of subsidence; discuss the inspection opportunities made possible by photos on Google Maps; and relate an interesting tale about wind speeds.

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This book will provide a valuable reference to those charged with protective design against severe blast loading, concludes Andrew Morrison.

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This useful and informative book offers good value for money, says John Lyness. It provides many insights for those required to verify and check designs for different structural forms.

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Upcoming events at Institution 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.

This month, we summarise the content in the latest issue (Volume 16, November 2018).

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This month’s contribution from Marco Corradi MIStructE concerns shear forces in a steel frame.

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