Technical Guidance Notes: back by popular demand

Published: 12/09/2017

Publication of the Institution’s Technical Guidance Note series will resume in The Structural Engineer in October.

The series relaunches with a Level 2 note on ‘Masonry cladding to steel-framed structures’ covering: methods of support (both vertically and horizontally); movement of masonry; movement of supporting elements; and corrosion prevention.

The series is expected to run monthly until late 2020. Upcoming notes in the next few months will address the design of timber beams and posts, as well as bored pile design.

The Institution has engaged AECOM to write the new notes on its behalf, with the project led by Principal Engineer, Chris O’Regan FIStructE, who authored earlier notes in the series while previously employed at the Institution.

Before publication, each note will be subject to peer-review under the direction of The Structural Engineer Editorial Advisory Group, with the Institution’s Design Practice, Risk and Structural Safety Committee also contributing to the process, along with subject specialists in each field.

Hugely popular among members of all levels, the series was conceived to provide technical guidance to those in the early stages of their careers, with the intention of helping them to gain skills and technical competence in the workplace. The notes also act as useful ‘refreshers’ for more senior engineers. 

Level 1 notes introduce core design concepts; Level 2 notes cover element design and communication; while Level 3 notes will address complex design concepts.

The most popular notes to date include:

•    Notional loading (Equivalent Horizontal Forces) (Level 1, No. 6)
•    Soil bearing capacity (Level 1, No. 19)
•    Principles of lateral stability (Level 1, No. 10)
•    Designing a steel beam (Level 2, No. 1)
•    Element size estimation (Level 1, No. 17)

Technical Guidance Notes are available free of charge to Institution members from The Structural Engineer website and cost £9+VAT for non-members. Non-members may also purchase a complete package of Level 1 notes from the Institution bookshop.

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