All the articles in the September 2020 issue of The Structural Engineer.
Publish Date – 2 September 2020
In his winning entry to the Institution’s Kenneth Severn Award 2020 – an annual essay competition for young engineers – Will Rogers-Tizard argues that structural engineers can help tackle the climate emergency by making better use of materials, understanding carbon values and questioning industry norms.
William Algaard presents ways in which structural engineers can help shape the direction of a project by confidently and constructively sharing their expertise in a language that client and architect will understand.
Philip Isaac and Jonny Hawkshaw review the potential for materials with lower embodied carbon to be used more widely in both small-scale domestic projects and larger-scale residential and commercial projects.
Adrian Campbell, Robert Hairstans and Giulia Jones explain how natural, human, social, manufactured and economic capital can all benefit from a sustainability-focused approach to off-site manufacturing.
Alastair Soane of Structural-Safety sets out the key changes for structural engineers proposed in the UK government’s draft Building Safety Bill.
Jon Cooper and Ashley Borthwick of law firm Womble Bond Dickinson summarise the key workplace safety guidance for the UK construction industry as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.
Cost is a key consideration in many design decisions, so an understanding of approximate costs and cost drivers is a professional skill that structural engineers are advised to develop through their careers. This article provides an introduction to initial cost estimates for structural steelwork and the key cost drivers in the early design stages of a project.
Oliver Broadbent and James Norman call for a rethink of engineering education to meet the needs of an industry adapting to the demands of the climate emergency.
This month's letters consider the roles of engineers and architects, embodied carbon calculations and a circular economy for steel, among other topics.
Mike Fordyce is impressed by this new book from IStructE Past-President David Blockley, which sets out the value of engineers to society and explores the challenges that lie ahead for them in an uncertain future.
Matthew Wells enjoys this polemical collection of essays on the future of building design.
A roundup of online events and activities available from the Institution.
This month we highlight the winning papers in the 2020 Structures prizes. Both papers are available free of charge until the end of October.
This month Ron has selected two winners – João Alves and Cashel Cahill – with very different sketches.