The Hackitt Review published

The Report of the UK’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, was published on 17 May by the UK Government.

Mateo Gutierrez: report on the 2018 Young Researchers' Conference

Mateo Gutierrez, PhD Candidate at The University of Queensland MSc BSc, reports on his visit to the UK for the 2018 Young Researchers Conference.

Free legal advice for members

Institution Members may now access 20 minutes of free legal telephone advice about engineering and business issues covered by construction and engineering law.

Obituary: Professor Mike Barnes FIStructE

A tribute by Michael Dickson, Past President, which was read by Past President, Tim Ibell, at Mike’s funeral on 21 February 2018. 

Obituary: James Kirkpatrick FIStructE

Born in Belfast in 1940, Jim passed away peacefully on 5 April 2018 at his home in Coleraine. This obituary was written by Adrian Long, OBE, FREng.

General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018.

2018 Photography Competition

Calling all budding photographers, amateur snappers and selfie supremos!

North West Structural Awards 2018: open for entries

All awards are free to enter and celebrate great structural engineering within the North West.

Glenn Bell receives President’s Award from SEI

Congratulations to Glenn Bell FIStructE, who has been presented with the President’s Award by the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Young Researchers' Conference presentations available

Watch five great presentations from the 2018 Young Researchers' Conference.

50 Technical Guidance Notes available from Institution Shop

50 of the Institution's hugely popular Technical Guidance Notes are now available online - just £9 each from the Institution shop.

Exam results are in 

Results for the January 2018 Chartered Membership exam have been released.

Read eight research papers shortlisted for Structures Prizes

Two prizes are awarded at the Institution’s annual People and Papers Awards ceremony to recognise great research.

Student Model Competition

This year’s Student Model Competition was hosted by Napier University, Edinburgh. Teams from Abertay and Dundee Universities impressed with first, second and third places.

How to become an Affiliate of the Institution while residing in the UAE.

A new flyer details how the Affiliate Scheme helps build links with the structrual engineering profession.

Charles Pearson Dinner

Each year Past Chairmen of the Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group meet for the Charles Pearson dinner. This year's event was held at the Manchester Conference Centre on Friday 16 March 2018.

East Anglian Regional Award for Structural Excellence: open to entries

The Awards recognise projects of any size or type and in any location.

New Chair presented with Chain of Office

Midland Counties Regional Group Chairman 2018-2019, Mitchell Gray, was presented with the Chain of Office by President, Faith Wainwright, on On 22 February during a visit to Institution Headquarters in London.

President installs new Chairman for 2018

The 2018 inaugural meeting and dinner of the South East Counties Regional Group was held at the Croydon Park Hotel on Tuesday 27 February.

Chairman's message to East Midlands members

From Robert Moss BEng CEng FIStructE MICE.

China Young Researchers’ Conference

The first ever China Young Researchers’ Conference was held in Chongqing University on 23 December 2017.

Yorkshire Structural Engineering Awards: open to entries

The awards recognise structural engineering achievements within the Yorkshire region.

Read the latest news from the Republic of Ireland

Read the February newsletter from the Republic of Ireland Regional Group.

Faster, more flexible routes to Chartered and Associate-Membership

Structural engineers now have more control over their routes to Professional Membership of the Institution.

Nick Russell gives presentation and speaks to students at Plymouth University

Nick Russell, Director at Thomasons Ltd, and 2014 President of the Institution of Structural Engineers, gave a presentation in the Devon & Cornwall Regional Group meeting on 30 January 2018.

IStructE Wales - Young Members Group Sketch Competition 2018 “Wales in 2050”

What do you imagine Wales will look like in 2050? Homes, city centres, coastline; how will our structures change
and develop?

#thisisengineering - reshaping perceptions of engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering launched its #ThisIsEngineering campaign on 24 January.

Regional Group presents award to President of the Society of Engineers

Eng. Dawood Al Hajri, President of the Society of Engineers United Arab Emirates (SOE UAE), has been presented with a UAE Regional Group award.

Don McQuillan appointed Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Engineering Design at Queens’ University Belfast

Congratulations to Don McQuillan FIStructE, who has been appointed Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Engineering Design at Queens’ University Belfast.

Institution Fellow awarded CBE in New Year’s Honours List

Congratulations to Dr Robin Sham FIStructE, who has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the United Kingdom’s New Year’s Honours List.

Annual forum discusses future of digital design in Asia-Pacific region

Experts, specialists, professors, researchers, and engineers from the Asia-Pacific area gathered in Shanghai last December to discuss the issues of digital application and transformation in structural engineering.

Event report: 5th DISC Conference - “High-tech concrete: where technology and engineering meet”

The 5th fibUK Developments in Structural Concrete (DISC) Conference took place on 29 November 2017 at The Institution of Structural Engineers’ headquarters in London.

Update: responding to the Grenfell Tower and Edinburgh Schools incidents

Chief Executive, Martin Powell, outlines the Institution response to the tragic disaster at Grenfell Tower in West London, and to the publication of the Cole Report into the Oxgangs School collapse.

A proud day for new members

Over 60 structural engineers attended Institution HQ on Friday 1 December to receive their certificates of membership from 2017 President, Ian Firth, and Chief Executive, Martin Powell. 

Faith Wainwright appointed 2018 President of The Institution of Structural Engineers

Faith Wainwright MBE FREng DEng (Hon) FIStructE FICE has been appointed 2018 President of The Institution of Structural Engineers.

A19/A1058 Improvement Junction Site Visit

The Northern Counties Young Members’ Group visited improvement works at the A19/A1058 junction on 15 November.

Public Speaking Competition

The Scotland Regional Group's first Graduate and Student Public Speaking Competition was a great success.

Tristram Carfrae announced as Master of Royal Designers

The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) has announced Tristram as incoming Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry, taking over from fashion designer, Betty Jackson.   

Institution Fellow appointed as assessor to Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Professor David Nethercot OBE, FREng, FIStructE has been appointed as an assessor to the Inquiry.

Pictures from the Western Counties Regional Group Dinner

The Western Counties Regional Group 2017 Annual Dinner was held on 16 June 2017 at the Lansdown Court Hotel, Bath.

Career talk on the importance of early work experience

Civil engineering students would benefit from seeking work experience as early as they can, according to the Institution's UAE Regional Group.

The Digital Workflows and Computational Design Panel

Ashley Kacha, the Institution's new Senior Engineer for Digital Workflows and Computational Design, outlines the work of the Institution's Panel and reports on his trip to Digital Construction Week 2017.

Election of members of the Board for 2018-19   

Voting by members of Council 2017 for the election of three members of the Board for 2018-19 closed at 12 noon GMT on 13 November 2017. The result is as follows: 

Prize awarded for outstanding exam paper

Congratulations to Mark Hill, who has been awarded the Denis Matthews Prize – presented for outstanding performance in the Associate-Membership examination.

Great Yorkshire Engineering showcased at Awards

Three projects either designed or constructed in the Yorkshire region were recognised for their outstanding innovation at the Yorkshire Structural Awards on 13 October.

New impact statement published in Structures

Read the latest impact statement in Structures in which Professor Chris Burgoyne (University of Cambridge) and Owen Mitchell (Mott MacDonald) introduce their paper on ‘Prestressing in Coventry Cathedral’.

North West Structural Awards 2017: Winners announced

The winners of the North West Structural Awards 2017 were announced at the Lancashire and Cheshire Regional Group’s annual dinner on 6 October.

President's visit to South Africa

2017 President, Ian Firth, attended a banquet to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Joint Structural Division on 11 August.

Institution President made Honorary Fellow of RIBA

The Institution is delighted to congratulate 2017 President, Ian Firth, who has been conferred Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Creativity in Higher Education: four key points from the Academic Conference

Nick Russell and Tim Ibell summarise the key actions they took from the event.

First edition of Queensland Group newsletter

Outlining the great work our Young Members Group has achieved, including updates on the activities in 2017 to date as well as those planned.

President's visit to Virginia Tech

2017 President, Ian Firth, dropped by Virginia Technical University recently to present the Institution's Keith Eaton International Award.

Institution member elected Fellow of Royal Academy

Congratulations to Dr Sarah Williamson, who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Jo da Silva wins The Institution of Structural Engineers’ 2017 Gold Medal

Jo da Silva, Director of Arup’s International Development Group and Arup Fellow, has been awarded The Institution of Structural Engineers’ 2017 Gold Medal.

Presentation available for download

Address by Steven Coull - “A Vision for the Future of Structural Integrity Management” was presented on 25/05/2017.

Beyond Edinburgh

Multiple fatality disasters are often only avoided by timing and luck.

Young Members Pub Quiz

Thames Valley Young Members Group had their first social event on 11 July.

New EEFIT reports

EEFIT have published the report into 2016's Japan earthquakes, and a report from a recent grant funded project.

To BIM or not to be

Presentation by Balázs TrojákImage now available for download.

James O’Callaghan wins Phoenix Award

Congratulations to James O’Callaghan MIStructE. James is the first structural engineer to receive the award.

President’s Visit to Thames Valley Regional Group – 2017

​The President, Ian Firth and his wife, Rachel visited the Regional Group at the technical meeting on 7 June.

Read the best of The Structural Engineer

Our annual People and Papers Awards recognise the best articles from our flagship publication. Read them here.

Outstanding Institution People

Congratulations to the winners of the Institution's 2017 People and Papers Awards.

William Arnold named Young Structural Engineering Professional of the Year

William Arnold MIStructE was named “Young Structural Engineering Professional of the Year” by The Institution during a ceremony held in London on 8 June.

Institution Member wins "Best Woman Structural Engineer" at WICE Awards

Congratulations to Rossella Nicolin MIStructE, who was recognised at the 2017 European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards, held on 24 May at the Hilton Bankside, London.

The Martin Ashmead Prize: Celebrating 30 years of the Western Counties Region AM/CM Course

Congratulations to George Holland, the first recipient of the Western Counties Regional Group's new "Martin Ashmead Prize". The award was presented by Martin Ashmead on 20 October 2016 at the University of Bristol.

New Panel and Conference for Small Practitioners

The Institution has launched a new Small Practitioners Panel (SPP) to provide the best possible support to members working in businesses with seven employees or less. Here Panel member, Richard Gibson, outlines the aims and ambitions of the Panel and invites members to this year’s Small Practitioners Conference.

The Institution of Structural Engineers publishes 4th edition of Temporary demountable structures 

The new, fully revised edition is now available from the bookshop.

Top Tips for the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Chartered Membership Exam

The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Chartered Membership Examination is one of the toughest exams of its kind. Only the very best pass the famously challenging seven-hour assessment, gaining the right to use the sought-after MIStructE post-nominal.

Caribbean Regional Group's Bridge Design and Build competition 2017

The bridge building competition was held on January 28 in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, St Augustine (UWI) and the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT).

Watch the 19th Young Researchers’ Conference

The Conference took place on 5 April 2017 - you can now watch the award-winning presentations and the keynote address by Professor Alan Champneys: “Structural Dynamics – the smooth and the nonsmooth”.

President's Visit: Report

2017 President, Ian Firth visited Shanghai, Beijing and Chongqing during his visit to The People's Republic of China in March, accompanied by Mr. Martin Powell (Institution Chief Executive) and Mr. Darren Byrne (Deputy Chief Executive).

Northern Counties Young Members visit New Wear Crossing

The Northern Counties Young Members Group (YMG) enjoyed a visit to the construction site of the New Wear Crossing in Sunderland in March.

Murchison Decommissioning Update: presentation available

The presentation by Caroline Lawford, Lead Structural and Marine Engineer, is now available.

Western Counties Region Summer visit to The Building Research Establishment

Innovation Park Watford - a day of Inspiration and CPD .

British Embassy hosts President of The Institution of Structural Engineers

The British Embassy in Dubai held a reception to welcome the Institution of Structural Engineers’ (IStructE) President, Ian Firth, on 26 Feb 2017.

Offshore Decommissioning presentation

Adnan Hossain's 9 February presentation is now available for download.

SCOSS Alert on Inquiry into Construction of Edinburgh Schools

The Institution of Structural Engineers welcomes the rapid and timely publication of the Report from the Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools and the subsequent Alert issued by SCOSS.

The use of UAVs in post-earthquake reconnaissance

EEFIT funded research into the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in post-earthquake reconnaissance missions is now available.

Institution Fellow receives New Zealand Order of Merit

Congratulations to Richard Aitken, Executive Chairman of Beca, who received the Order of Merit in the New Zealand New Years Honours List.

Presentation available

"Seismic Resistant Design of Connections with the use of Perforated Beams" by Dr Konstantinos (Kostas) Daniel Tsavdaridis is now available for download.

New Digital Workflows and Computational Design Panel

Panel will help members keep pace with the rapid pace of technological development in design practice and address the widening gap between those familiar with digital workflows in the modern office space and those using more traditional methods.

New Humanitarian and International Development Panel

Panel will provide leadership for members, identifying where and how structural engineers can contribute to efforts to confront the challenges faced by the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world.  

"Structural Engineering Art and Approximation" presentation now available

The presentation by Hugh Morrison can now be viewed.

Evening technical talk

An evening technical talk for members of The Institution of Structural Engineers was held at The Beatles, Powai, Mumbai on Aug 6.

Offering post-EU Referendum advice to the UK Government

A message from the Chief Executive, Martin Powell.

Institution creates New Seismic and Dynamic Events Panel 

Panel will build on the work of the Earthquake Engineering Advisory Working Group (EEAWG).

Construction Products Regulation

The presentation from 30 June is now available for download.

How I helped start a Young Members' Group

Michael Cortis (29), a Research Associate from Durham University, recently helped set up the Institution’s Northern Counties Young Members’ Group. Here he discusses how he established the Group and the benefits of getting involved.

Jenny Cornwell honoured with an Institution Lifetime Achievement Award

Jenny Cornwell, Past Chair of the Western Counties Regional Group Committee, won the Institution's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's People and Papers event. In this article she discusses her career and changing opportunities for women engineers.

Institution library: selected titles now available online

You can now borrow books from the Institution’s library at the click of a button! More than 80 titles from the library’s collection are available as electronic loans, wherever you are in the world, whatever the time of day.

Stanbrook Abbey presentation available for download

The presentation by Sia Taghaboni CEng MIStructE and Sarah Cropley CEng FIStructE is now available.

Presentations now available for download

Two presentations from the 18 May meeting of the UAE Regional Group are now available for download.

Two Cold-Formed Steel presentations now available

Two new presentations by the University of Sheffiled are now available for download.

Event report: Developments in Structural Concrete, 6 November 2013

Inaugural fibUK seminar hailed a success, covering off-site manufacture, service life design, shear in beams and concrete cable stayed bridges.

fibUK seminar on developments in structural concrete - book now

It is now a year since the Institution took over the secretariat of fibUK, the UK national group of the International Federation for Structural Concrete.

Event report: Adding value to structural projects through the application of fib resources, April 11

This evening technical meeting showed how fib bulletins help solve engineering design issues.

Deflections in Concrete ETM

On the evening of 29 November 2012, one hundred engineers gathered at the Institution headquarters in London to hear about “Deflections in Concrete”.

Inaugural event deliberating Deflections in Concrete

With the recent formalisation of an already established agreement with the UK group of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fibUK), the Institution of Structural Engineers is holding an inaugural event with fibUK at Institution Headquarters.

EEFIT Japan earthquake report published

The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) has now published its report which examines the effects of the 2011 Japan earthquake.

EEFIT Haiti earthquake report published

The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) has now published its report which examines the effects of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Field mission team presents findings from Japan earthquake

The Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) returned from their mission in Japan on 2 June 2011.

EEFIT Lessons from the Christchurch Earthquake presentation online!

Members of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) presented their findings from their recent mission to Christchurch, New Zealand on 10 May 2011.

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