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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

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 - 31st May 2019
Price - Free
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 - 7th December 2018
Price - Free
The Structural Engineer
President's Inaugural Address: Engineering contributions to humanity through the ages and challenges

President's Inaugural Address: Engineering contributions to humanity through the ages and challenges

Our future as structural engineers is likely to be very exciting as society grapples with some of humanity’s most pressing needs: the effects of climate change, migration, increasing urbanisation and automation; infrastructure deficits in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world; the impact of robotics; and the ongoing quest for the development and use of new materials are some of the issues to be confronted by our membership.

Date - 1st February 2019
Author - J. Kindregan
Price - £9
The Structural Engineer
Tianjin CTF Finance Centre: wind, form and structure

Tianjin CTF Finance Centre: wind, form and structure

The Tianjin CTF Finance Centre is a 530m super-tall building nearing completion in the People's Republic of China. For a building of this height, wind forces and associated wind-induced motion in the upper levels can become dominant factors in the structural design of its foundations and lateral-stability system.

This article describes how an initial aerodynamic shape-optimisation workshop allowed the design team to develop a finely tuned architectural form capable of minimising the detrimental effects of vortex shedding.

Date - 3rd September 2018
Author - S. Cammelli (BMT Fluid Mechanics)
Price - £9

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 - 31st 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 - 1st October 2018
Price - Free
Guidance
IStructE image 3D

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 - 1st 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 - 1st 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 - 1st 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 - 1st 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 - 2nd February 2018
Price - Free
Course
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 - 17th October 2019
Location - The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price - £261 - £370
Course
steel roof

Steel Essentials — Practical Design of Structural Steelwork

Practical guidance on key aspects of preliminary scheme development and detailed scheme design in structural steelwork

Date - 22nd October 2019
Location - The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price - £261 - £370

 

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