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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:
Urbanisation, including the development of megacities
Responding to humanitarian crises and natural hazards
IT and cyber integrity
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.
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.
A discussion of culture and practice in design relating to material efficiency.
EEFIT's report covering its mission following the mw 6.2 Amatrice, Italy earthquake, including seismological and geotechnical observations.
A report from a project funded by a 2016 EEFIT Research Grant.
A report from a project funded by a 2017 EEFIT Research Grant.
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.
A resource designed to help you understand typical operating energy consumption of buildings and place embodied carbon in context.
Outlining the complex carbon costs of infrastructure schemes.
How the choice of materials should be balanced with other factors to achieve sustainable outcomes.
An introduction to embodied and operational carbon, with links to guides and tools.
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.
Training practising engineers to undertake the full structural design of a building, including designing a robust building to avoid disproportionate collapse.