All the articles in the August 2020 issue.
Publish Date – 1 August 2020
President Don McQuillan discusses his unusual year to date in office during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Eva MacNamara explains how structural engineers can incorporate circular economy thinking at each stage of a building's design.
Natasha Watson explains how structural engineers can produce designs that make efficient use of material to reduce their environmental impact.
Caroline Field explores the relationship between ‘lean’ and ‘resilient’ design, and discusses how future designs should evaluate risks and incorporate strategies to mitigate and adapt to these.
To design more sustainable buildings, big decisions need to be made early in the design process. Could laying out the structure to a 300mm planning grid reduce embodied carbon, enable the circular economy and still retain the uniqueness of design, asks David Treacy.
Neil Wakeman gives an overview of the development of collaborative business relationships in accordance with internationally recognised standards
This article covers the reasons for post-tensioning stone, the advantages of doing so, and presents a series of projects that demonstrate the evolution and development of engineers' expertise and understanding at Webb Yates.
This article presents a retrospective, personal account of the design of the stone arches for the Padre Pio church in Italy between 1990 and 2004. Inspired by a resurgence in interest in stone as a structural material, it seeks to relate the design development of this innovative project and discuss some of the hurdles that had to be overcome when working outside codes of practice.
Engineers must resist pressure to build environmentally unsustainable schemes if we want to be judged well by future generations, says 2020 Gold Medal winner and former Institution Vice-President, Mike Cook.
This book provides a high-level introduction to whole-life costs in building design, explains Paul Astle, and will be of most use to students or junior engineers seeking to broaden their understanding of other disciplines and influences.
This month's letters discuss the need to make climate decisions on the basis of 'whole-life carbon'; speaking with a strong voice in design meetings; anticipating future use; sustainable foundation design; and other topics.
A roundup of online events and activities available from the Institution.
We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Structures prizes – for papers published in the journal during 2019.