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 May 2019
Price - Free

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Drone view of Portoviejo, Ecuador

The use of emerging technology in post-disaster reconnaissance missions

A report detailing good practice in the use of drones and omnidirectional cameras in post-disaster reconnaissance.

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

Cumulative damage assessment and strengthening efficacy of masonry buildings in Norcia

This report details seismic damage and assesses the effectiveness of strengthening devices.

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>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
<h4>Seismic Analysis of Safety-Related Nuclear Structures</h4>

Seismic Analysis of Safety-Related Nuclear Structures

Standard ASCE/SEI 4-16, presents the analytical framework to develop a risk-informed approach to the design of nuclear structures under earthquake motions.

Date - 1 March 2017
Author - American Society of Civil Engineers
Price - Free to members
<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>Strength of Materials and Structures</h4>

Strength of Materials and Structures

Provides engineers with the fundamental principles and concepts in materials and structures in order to be able to design structures to resist failures.

Date - 27 August 1999
Author - Case, John; Chilver, Lord; Ross, Carl T. F.; Chilver, A
Price - Free to members
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
Man brief local people following a natural disaster

Working in the humanitarian or development sectors

This article provides a realistic overview of the practical and ethical considerations when seeking to work in the sector.

Date - 5 May 2020
Author - Humanitarian and International Development Panel
Price - Free


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