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Resilience

The resilience of the built environment encompasses designing for stress accumulation on a system and the preparation and response to extreme events.

To address the issue of resilience structural engineers need to embrace not just traditional sectors such as seismic design, but also consider resilience in terms of shock events and as a stress accumulation requiring a whole system and life cycle approach.

Key focus areas for structural engineers include:

  • Climate change

  • Urbanisation, including the development of megacities

  • Responding to humanitarian crises and natural hazards

  • International development

  • Resource loss

  • Terrorism

  • IT and cyber integrity

  • Crime

Featured Events & Resources

The Structural Engineer
Profile: Tom Newby

Profile: Tom Newby

Tom Newby has spent the last 14 years forging careers in two fields – structural engineering and humanitarian aid. His dual roles have seen him work in Bath, Haiti, New York, the Philippines, London and Nepal.

Date - 1 August 2019
Author - Jackie Whitelaw
Price - £0
The Structural Engineer
Design and construction of a snowfall protection structure on the Baku–Tbilisi–Kars rail corridor, G

Design and construction of a snowfall protection structure on the Baku–Tbilisi–Kars rail corridor, G

This project involved the design and construction of a structure comprising four tunnels with a total length of 2434m. An initial in situ concrete scheme was changed to a corrugated steel plate assembly, enabling improvements in material transportation and construction.

Date - 1 August 2019
Author - Mikus Cirulis and Maris Cirulis
Price - £9
Training
Technical Lecture Series: Minimising energy in construction

Minimising energy in construction

A discussion of culture and practice in design relating to material efficiency.

Date - 7 December 2018
Price - Free
Report
EEFIT Mission Report: The Amatrice Italy earthquake of August 2016

EEFIT Mission Report: The Amatrice Italy earthquake of August 2016

EEFIT's report covering its mission following the mw 6.2 Amatrice, Italy earthquake, including seismological and geotechnical observations.

Date - 31 May 2019
Price - Free

Related resources and events

Report
Drone view of Portoviejo, Ecuador

The use of emerging technology in post-disaster reconnaissance missions

A report from a project funded by a 2016 EEFIT Research Grant.

Date - 31 January 2017
Price - Free
Report
Buildings affected by 2016 Italy earthquakes

Cumulative damage assessment and strengthening efficacy of masonry buildings in Norcia

A report from a project funded by a 2017 EEFIT Research Grant.

Date - 1 October 2018
Price - Free
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A Targeted Approach to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

An introduction to the United Nations' SDGs and how structural engineers can use these in their work to tackle the climate crisis and create a better world.

Date - 23 September 2019
Location - The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price - Free
Guidance
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Typical operational energy and carbon figures for buildings

A resource designed to help you understand typical operating energy consumption of buildings and place embodied carbon in context.

Date - 1 June 2019
Price - Free
Guidance
Aerial view of Warsaw

Estimating the whole life carbon of infrastructure elements designed by structural engineers

Outlining the complex carbon costs of infrastructure schemes.

Date - 1 June 2016
Price - Free
Guidance
Reinforced concrete hollow blocks from Webb Yates' Haiti Chapel project

Considerations when choosing sustainable materials

How the choice of materials should be balanced with other factors to achieve sustainable outcomes.

Date - 1 June 2019
Price - Free
Guidance
Carbon: embodied and operational

Carbon: embodied and operational

An introduction to embodied and operational carbon, with links to guides and tools.

Date - 1 June 2016
Price - Free
Career Profiles
Jo da Silva, 2017 IStructE Gold Medallist

Jo da Silva FIStructE - Gold Medal Address 2017

Jo reflects on her own career and looks ahead to 2050, discussing the role structural engineers play in creating safe, sustainable, inclusive and resilient cities.

Date - 2 February 2018
Price - Free
collapse of a building

Structural Robustness and Disproportionate Collapse

Training practising engineers to undertake the full structural design of a building, including designing a robust building to avoid disproportionate collapse.

Date - 29 October 2019
Location - The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price - £261 - £370

 

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