Dr Bill Harvey on masonry – the coy mistress

Published: 02/03/2012

Once a year the Institution of Structural Engineers holds the James Sutherland History Lecture, designed to educate and inspire those in the industry about the rich history of their profession.

This year’s talk was presented by Dr Bill Harvey BSc PhD CEng FIStructE FICE. The event proved popular with almost 140 Institution members and representatives from related organisations attending on 16 February 2012.

Dr Harvey’s lecture entitled ‘The coy mistress’ explored the challenges of masonry in terms of performance, safety and cost.

Using a series of both historic and contemporary examples, Bill discussed the difficulties in predicting behaviour and illustrated the impact of failure. The presentation did well to tackle the subject of expense with Dr Harvey aptly describing the delicate balance between maintenance and resource.  

Dr Bill Harvey

Committed to bridge engineering from the age of 7 after a visit to Clifton Suspension bridge, Bill began researching masonry bridges in 1981.

Bill became Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Exeter in 1995 and left in 2000 to found his own consultancy.

The James Sutherland History lecture

The James Sutherland History lecture has been running since 1989 and attracts experts worldwide to discuss the landmark events in structural engineering. The annual lecture is run as part of the history of structural engineering study group.

The study group was set up by James Sutherland in 1972 and continues to be one of the Institution’s most popular.


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