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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.
Tristan Simmonds explores his engineering work on sculptural projects including the 2015 Milan Expo UK Pavilion ‘Hive’.
A brief overview of the various tools and techniques available for scripting within structural design.
How to integrate design, structural engineering and fabrication via digital workflows.
How digital fabrication is transforming the way we construct the built environment.
Tim Lucas discusses the importance of research taking place at UCL’s new “Here East” facility and how it relates to the Institution’s Digital Workflows Panel.
Peter Debney explores classic mistakes made in FEA models and how to avoid them.
Steve McKechnie explores building a culture of sharing and innovation where people are proud to talk about the work they do.
Geoff Morrow examines how design tools can augment traditional workflows, but not replace them.
Jon Leach discusses the objectives set out by the Institution's Digital Workflows and Computational Panel and where these will lead to.
A panel of experts explore if there is a better way of exchanging information between structural software packages, and how we intelligently manipulate data to make it fit for purpose.
Arthur and Stephen discuss the collaborative work between architect and engineer, highlighting the digital tools used throughout the process.
Francis Aish discusses the implementation of various computational design tools and how integration can benefit the design process.
This text presents the 'reflective approach' to the computer analysis of structures, to ensure that the analysis model is a valid representation of the real structure and that the structural analysis has been carried out correctly.
This overview offers ways to deal with the complexities of information systems in large and small practices.
Tristram's lecture, "Designing with computers", compares the benefits of computer analysis programmes with sketches and hand calculations.
Arthur Coates, a structural engineer at Price & Myers, gives the contractor’s view of the future of virtual reality.
Jon Shanks, of the Institution's Structural Futures Committee, discusses the skills structural engineers will need in the face of greater automation.
2018 President, Faith Wainwright, discusses the Kenneth Severn Award, the future of the profession, and three factors that could change the way structural engineers work.