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All the articles from the March 2021 issue of The Structural Engineer.
Publish Date ‐ 1 March 2021
Fiona Cobb presents a brief guide to the key desk research required to understand the types of construction, likely structural capacities and latent defects of an existing building.
Michal Drewniok discusses the principles of reusing steel elements and encourages structural engineers to consider this option over designing with new material.
Architect Sam Turner and structural engineer James Norman encourage professional activism to tackle the climate emergency.
Stephen Patey summarises the UK’s new VAT domestic reverse charge mechanism and explains the implications for structural engineers.
Scott Brookes provides an introduction to historic plasterwork, outlining the historical development of the most common forms of traditional ceiling construction and summarising typical causes of deterioration and failure.
This CPD module, sponsored by Steel for Life, examines a number of steel’s credentials specifically on its ability to be reused, recycled and multi-cycled, its structural efficiency as a construction material, and its alignment and application to circular economy principles.
Publish Date ‐ 25 February 2021
This article describes the structural reuse and strengthening strategies adopted to enable three additional storeys to be added to an existing office building in London.
Arup global sustainable development leader, Jo da Silva, was made a Dame in the recent New Year Honours. She talks to Jackie Whitelaw about social responsibility in business, the engineering response to COP26 and the impact of the pandemic on future planning of cities.
Andy Veall discusses his love of sketching and makes a case for engineers to continue to value and develop this essential design skill alongside their digital tools.
This month's letters discuss carbon sequestration, climate change and population matters, and consider lessons that can be learned from both failures and past experiences.
A roundup of online events and activities available from the Institution and its Regional Groups.
Editor-in-Chief, Leroy Gardner, has selected a paper on ‘Robustness of steel truss bridges: laboratory testing of a full-scale 21-metre bridge span’ as his ‘Featured Article’ from the latest issue of Structures (Volume 29, February 2021).