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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
EEFIT's report covering its mission following the mw 6.2 Amatrice, Italy earthquake, including seismological and geotechnical observations.
A discussion of culture and practice in design relating to material efficiency.
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.
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.
A report from a project funded by a 2016 EEFIT Research Grant.
A report from a project funded by a 2017 EEFIT Research Grant.
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.
Practical guidance on key aspects of preliminary scheme development and detailed scheme design in structural steelwork