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Structural engineers consider the safety of structures from design and construction through to operation and demolition, in accordance with local legislation.
Structural engineers are key to ensuring that the built environment is robust and that lessons are learnt. This topic impacts upon the collaborative nature of construction and the need to ensure responsibilities are clearly defined at the outset of projects.
Effective retention and communication of project information, including maintenance and refurbishment, is paramount in ensuring the safety of society.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that many designers are unfamiliar with scale effects, increasing the risk that safety and commercial aspects may be overlooked.
A report gives personal experience of
clients and contractors putting money before
safety, and consultants giving poor advice on fire safety, following Grenfell Tower.
The Institution’s report responds to the Independent Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools, highlighting key aspects of masonry construction and the main responsibilities.
Paul McNulty, Senior Engineer at Structural-Safety, explains the safety mission behind CROSS and why IStructE members should make reports.
This article provides a brief introduction to demolition practice in the UK, addressing the more technical aspects requiring engineering input.
A paper written as a collaboration between AECOM fire engineers and structural engineers in an effort to elevate the subject and improve our mutual understanding of structural performance in fire. Intended as a high-level introduction for practising structural engineers.
This manual supports the seismic design of buildings to BS EN 1998 Parts 1 and 5:2004 (Eurocode 8) for construction in the UK and France.
It can be purchased as an individual title, or as part of a suite of Eurocode manuals.
Guidance for structural engineers and surveyors on the methods and approaches taken to inspect, appraise and report on buildings and associated structures.
Guidance for undertaking inspections of underwater, inland and coastal structures in water depths to 30m - including inspection techniques, equipment and safety.
Published in response to the events of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center in New York, this guidance examines key safety issues for tall buildings and other structures of large occupancy.
Guidance for structural engineers and those working in a Building Control capacity, on how to prepare a systematic risk assessment for high-risk structures.
A report from a project funded by a 2017 EEFIT Research Grant.
This manual supports the design of non-sway, reinforced and prestressed concrete building structures to BS EN 1992 Part 1:2004 (Eurocode 2) for UK construction.
It can also be purchased as part of a suite of Eurocode manuals.
Recommendations on crowd loading for those with responsibility for permanent grandstands, including: owners, operators, architects, insurers and design engineers.
This text details the subject knowledge required of all structural engineers to enable them to carry out the design of simple foundations, slopes and ground improvement that do not require specialist advice.
This text provides a summary of the ground engineering knowledge required of all structural engineers. Owing to the wide-ranging nature of the subject, only core concepts are introduced, supported by the most important theoretical background.
Stability is one of two fundamental requirements of a structure, the other being equilibrium. Lack of stability during construction or service life can cause catastrophic structural failure. Stability is necessary against horizontal loads, asymmetric loading, out-of-plane loading and the effects of geometric imperfections, loading eccentricities and tolerances.
This text is an introduction to the most important aspects of flexure in structures. A description of the widespread use of flexural elements and structures is followed by an introduction to the modelling and analysis of beams, slabs and frames. The text then discusses the use of four common structural materials in flexural elements and structures.
Essential information for Event Organisers, Venue Owners, Local Authorities, Contractors, Suppliers and 'Competent persons', on the procurement, design and use of temporary demountable structures, including: grandstands; stages; fabric structures, hospitality units and fencing/barriers.
Some form of approximate analysis remains essential for both the conceptual design of structures and verification of final (computer) analysis. This text presents simple approaches to the approximate analysis of two-dimensional skeletal structures.
This text presents a range of emerging materials, both natural and man-made which, in the right circumstances, can offer significant advantages over traditional materials.
Essential guidance for structural engineers, on the reduction of a structure's carbon footprint; focusing on embodied energy and carbon associated directly with the structure.
A two-volume package comprising:
Practical guide to structural robustness and disproportionate collapse in buildings
Manual for the systematic risk assessment of high-risk structures against disproportionate collapse
Best practice guidance for bridge owners/operators, contractors, utility companies and structural designers considering the performance, function, serviceability and maintenance of new or replacement bridge access gantries.
This text provides a summary of the essential knowledge of mechanics of materials for structural engineers, including elastic direct and shear stresses and strains in 2D and 3D, Mohr's circle, real and engineering stresses, geometric properties for doubly and singly symmetric sections, axial, bending, shear and torsional stresses (of open and closed sections), and effects of plasticity.