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
<h4>Profile: Tom Newby</h4>

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
<h4>Design and construction of a snowfall protection structure on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars rail corridor, G</h4>

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
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
Author - Dr John Orr and Chris Wise
Price - Free
<h4>EEFIT Mission Report: The Amatrice Italy earthquake of August 2016</h4>

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 - 1 September 2016
Price - Free

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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
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
Propped structure in Italy following earthquake

The value of multiple earthquake missions: the EEFIT L’Aquila Earthquake experience

In November 2012 EEFIT launched its first ever return mission to an earthquake affected site. This paper presents an overview of the post-disaster emergency phase and transition to reconstruction in the L'Aquila area after the earthquake.

Date - 23 October 2019
Author - EEFIT
Price - Free
<h4>Concrete durability</h4>

Concrete durability

Written specifically for the young professional and addressing a growing need for a long service life with minimal maintenance, Concrete Durability takes a whole new look at the whole-life performance of structures.

Date - 1 May 2014
Author - Dyer, Thomas
Price - Free to members
<h4>Design of blast-resistant buildings in petrochemical facilities</h4>

Design of blast-resistant buildings in petrochemical facilities

This report provides general guidelines for the structural design of blast-resistant petrochemical facilities, updating the 1997 original edition.

Date - 1 October 2010
Author - L. Bounds, William
Price - Free to Members
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 - 1 June 2019
Price - Free
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
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
Author - Sustainability Panel
Price - Free
<h4>Carbon: embodied and operational</h4>

Carbon: embodied and operational

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

Date - 1 June 2016
Price - Free


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