Digital engineering

It has never been more important for structural engineers to be competent in the use of digital tools and demonstrate an awareness of the potential risks and opportunities digital systems can bring.

The influence of the digital world is increasing its impact on those involved with the built environment, whilst our capability to exploit data to inform designs and push the boundaries of what is possible is at the heart of structural engineering.

As our ability to monitor, record, extract and extrapolate information on the performance of our structures continues to improve there is a growing need to better understand how best to use the information. 

The use of big data and AI tools are emerging challenges for the industry. It is the ability to understand and manipulate information with computational tools which may transform the role of structural engineers. 

An increasingly online world requires robust digital security to mitigate potential infiltration of digital systems and the harm that could be caused to our infrastructure, whether it be financial damage, intellectual property infringement, criminal activity or terrorism. 

Featured events and resources

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The ACORN, the SQUIRREL and the OAK

The poster of the 2021 Coolest Concrete Award winner, Robin Oval, Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Cambridge.

Date ‐ 7 February 2022
Author ‐ Robin Oval
Price ‐ Free
Guidance
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Computational engineering

Providing comprehensive guidance on: design (including parametric design), modelling (and its problems), analysis, optimisation, AI and machine learning, and the future of engineering software.

Date ‐ 22 October 2020
Author ‐ Peter Debney
Price ‐ £32.50
Report
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Vision-based monitoring data to inform new assessment techniques for tunnelling-induced damage

The executive summary from a 2020 Research Award winning project.

Date ‐ 7 February 2022
Author ‐ Sinan Acikgoz, Harvey Burd, Burcu Gulen, Yiyan Liu, Michael Devriendt, Ben Gilson, Deniz Dalgic, Alper Ilki, Muhammet Marasli
Price ‐ Free
Guidance
<h4>LOD and LOI Tool</h4>

LOD and LOI Tool

Use this tool to help you determine the structural information requirements and level of detail required for your projects.

Date ‐ 11 August 2021
Author ‐ IStructE BIM Panel
Price ‐ 0
Training
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AI and the structural engineer

Peter Debney explores Artificial Intelligence and how it can help structural engineers. 

Date ‐ 21 July 2021
Author ‐ Peter Debney
Price ‐ Free

Digital engineering resources and events

Course
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Understanding structural design

This two-day, online course extends the principles developed in the Understanding Structural Behaviour course. It covers more complex real structures and failures; and the important skills of approximate analysis for checking computer output and member sizing.

Date ‐ 10 October 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £485.00
Course
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Design and analysis of tall buildings

This popular one-day, online course offers guidance on the design, stability, safety and performance of tall buildings.

Date ‐ 11 September 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
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Eurocode 3: structural steelwork design

This one-day, online course examines changes between BS 5950 and Eurocode 3. The emphasis is on buildings and the provision of general rules for buildings of EN 1993-1-1 and design of joints to EN 1993-1-8.

Date ‐ 23 May 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
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Design and analysis of tall buildings

This popular one-day, online course offers guidance on the design, stability, safety and performance of tall buildings.

Date ‐ 22 May 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
looking upwards surrounded by tall buildings

Design and analysis of tall buildings

This popular one-day, online course offers guidance on the design, stability, safety and performance of tall buildings.

Date ‐ 6 February 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
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Rapid calculations for engineers

Provides a theoretical framework for rapid problem solving concept calculations

Date ‐ 15 November 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £185 - £285 + VAT
Lecture
<h4>Breakfast briefing: meeting the demands of structural change in the built environment</h4>

Breakfast briefing: meeting the demands of structural change in the built environment

This breakfast briefing event with Invennt will explore how structural engineers can meet the demands of structural change in the built environment.

Date ‐ 3 November 2022
Location ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ Free
Webinar
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Structural safety in the digital engineering process (sponsored content)

This sponsored webinar by Graitec will focus on the importance of structural safety and highlight some case studies of previous UK construction projects where ineffective collaboration during the digital engineering process resulted in catastrophic errors.

Date ‐ 22 September 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ Free
Training
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Modelling techniques for complex structures

This lecture focused on how to effectively model complex structures.

Date ‐ 28 April 2022
Author ‐ Feng Fu and Ashley Kacha
Price ‐ Free
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Data-driven design webinar series: Making structural monitoring systems mainstream

Data Driven design approaches webinar series - part 2 of 3.

Date ‐ 16 February 2022
Author ‐ Arthur Coates, Jon Leach and Sakthy Selvakumaran
Price ‐ £45 - £70 + VAT
Training
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Data-driven design webinar series: Optimisation driven design

Data Driven design approaches webinar series - part 1 of 3.

Date ‐ 16 February 2022
Author ‐ Matthew Gilbert, Jon Leach and Martha Tsigkari
Price ‐ £45 - £70 + VAT
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The ACORN, the SQUIRREL and the OAK

The poster of the 2021 Coolest Concrete Award winner, Robin Oval, Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Cambridge.

Date ‐ 7 February 2022
Author ‐ Robin Oval
Price ‐ Free
Training
<h4>Graphic statics webinar series: Advanced computational graphic statics</h4>

Graphic statics webinar series: Advanced computational graphic statics

Graphic statics: from basics to computational tools - part 5 of 5

Date ‐ 1 February 2022
Author ‐ Juney Lee
Price ‐ From £45.50 + VAT
Training
<h4>Webinar series: Graphic statics</h4>

Webinar series: Graphic statics

Purchase the complete series of five graphic statics webinars.

Date ‐ 1 February 2022
Author ‐ Block Research Group
Price ‐ From £182 + VAT
The Structural Engineer
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Rebuilding trust with blockchain technology

Alastair Low-Macrae argues that blockchain technology may hold the key to some of the issues around trust and transparency that the industry is currently grappling with, particularly in the context of BIM.

Date ‐ 1 February 2022
Author ‐ Alastair Low-Macrae
Price ‐ £9