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

Webinar
<h4>Graphic statics webinar series: Funicular shell form finding</h4>

Graphic statics webinar series: Funicular shell form finding

Graphic statics: from basics to computational tools - part 4 of 5. 

Date ‐ 6 December 2021
Price ‐ From £45.50 + VAT
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Profile: Caitlin Mueller</h4>

Profile: Caitlin Mueller

MIT professor Caitlin Mueller gave the keynote presentation at the IStructE Digital Design and Computation conference in May 2021. Here, she tells Jackie Whitelaw how computer tools she’s developing will help structural engineers design for zero carbon

Date ‐ 1 June 2021
Author ‐ Jackie Whitelaw
Price ‐ £0
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
Blog
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4 free ways to build your digital skills

With the boom in technology in the construction industry, new specialisms within engineering are emerging. What's the cheapest way to improve your own digital skills? Ashley Kacha investigates...

Date ‐ 6 May 2021
Author ‐ Ashley Kacha
Price ‐ 0

Digital engineering resources and events

Conference
An engineer using software

Digital Design & Computation workshops

Practical, hands-on workshops led by digital engineering practitioners and experts.

Date ‐ 19 May 2022
Price ‐ From £175.00 + VAT
Course
<h4>Rapid calculations for engineers</h4>

Rapid calculations for engineers

Provides a theoretical framework for rapid problem solving concept calculations

Date ‐ 29 March 2022
Price ‐ £185-£285
Webinar
<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 ‐ 27 January 2022
Price ‐ From £45.50 + VAT
Webinar
<h4>Graphic statics webinar series: Funicular shell form finding</h4>

Graphic statics webinar series: Funicular shell form finding

Graphic statics: from basics to computational tools - part 4 of 5.

Date ‐ 6 December 2021
Price ‐ From £45.50 + VAT
Webinar
<h4>Webinar series: Graphic statics</h4>

Webinar series: Graphic statics

Purchase the full series and gain access to all four live and on-demand webinars.

Date ‐ 6 December 2021
Price ‐ From £182 + VAT
Training
<h4>Graphic statics webinar series: Computational graphical analysis of 2D structures</h4>

Graphic statics webinar series: Computational graphical analysis of 2D structures

Graphic statics: from basics to computational tools - part 3 of 5.

Date ‐ 24 November 2021
Author ‐ Juney Lee
Price ‐ From £45.50 + VAT
Training
<h4>Design and fabrication of shell lace structures</h4>

Design and fabrication of shell lace structures

Explore the development, techniques and challenges behind shell lace structures.

Date ‐ 22 November 2021
Author ‐ Ed Clark, Mike Tonkin and Giancarlo Torpiano
Price ‐ £45.50 + VAT
Guidance
<h4>Design for zero</h4>

Design for zero

This guide explains why overdesign is so prevalent, its impact on material consumption and CO 2 emissions, and provides five key actions you can take now, to reduce the carbon your projects produce.

Date ‐ 29 October 2021
Author ‐ J J Orr, M Cooke, T J Ibell, C Smith & N Watson
Price ‐ £22.50/£29.25/£45
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Viewpoint: Can cybernetics help us better understand our design conversations with machines?</h4>

Viewpoint: Can cybernetics help us better understand our design conversations with machines?

With the introduction of cognitive machines, the cybernetic processes that define structural engineering as a discipline are facing rapid change. However, by looking objectively at design as a cybernetic process, we can better understand the risks and rewards and find an optimum way for humans and machines to work in partnership, argues Paul Mullett.

Date ‐ 2 August 2021
Author ‐ Paul Mullett
Price ‐ £9
Training
Blue abstract blocks

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
Blog
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4 free ways to build your digital skills

With the boom in technology in the construction industry, new specialisms within engineering are emerging. What's the cheapest way to improve your own digital skills? Ashley Kacha investigates...

Date ‐ 6 May 2021
Author ‐ Ashley Kacha
Blog
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Collaborative parametric design

Rob May explains how collaborative working practices can improve design outcomes. He also shares his thoughts on the evolution of parametric design and why it’s so valuable.

Date ‐ 5 May 2021
Author ‐ Rob May
Blog
<h4>Using digital workflows to breathe new life into our buildings</h4>

Using digital workflows to breathe new life into our buildings

Hannah Lazenby explains why digital tools should be used to repurpose existing assets, and shares her experience of working on the Ken Rosewell Arena in Sydney.

Date ‐ 15 April 2021
Author ‐ Hannah Lazenby
Training
<h4>Graphic statics webinar series: Structural design and analysis through geometry</h4>

Graphic statics webinar series: Structural design and analysis through geometry

How to design and analyse structures using computational graphic statics.

Date ‐ 1 April 2021
Author ‐ Philippe Block and Juney Lee
Price ‐ From £45.50
Blog
Matt Harrison

How to make your digital tool a success

Matt Harrison considers how users can help to shape digital tools. He discusses the merits of effective community engagement and shares his thoughts on best practice.

Date ‐ 23 March 2021
Author ‐ Matt Harrison