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The Structural Engineer

The flagship publication of the Institution of Structural Engineers. Available to Institution members, and on subscription.

Industry CPD

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Farrat structural thermal break in typical concrete-to-steel connection

Structural thermal breaks: design considerations and certification

This CPD module, sponsored by Farrat, examines the realities of designing for the competing requirements of structural, thermal and fire performance through the lens of structural thermal breaks.

Date ‐ 1 July 2022
Author ‐ Farrat
Price ‐ £0
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Deflection analysis of floor slab

Industry CPD: Calculating cracking deformation in concrete

This CPD module, sponsored by Buildsoft, explores the benefits of advanced structural analysis software when calculating cracked deflections of reinforced concrete beams and floor slabs.

Date ‐ 1 June 2022
Author ‐ BuildSoft
Price ‐ £0
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Parametric script

Industry CPD: Parametric design and visual scripting

This CPD module, sponsored by SCIA, explores the productivity benefits that structural engineers could gain by adopting a parametric approach to design.

Date ‐ 1 March 2022
Author ‐ SCIA
Price ‐ £0

Technical

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<h4>Safe erection of steel structures</h4>

Safe erection of steel structures

This primer from Allan Mann presents an introduction to the practicalities and demands of erecting steel structures.

Date ‐ 8 September 2022
Author ‐ Allan Mann
Price ‐ £9
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Analysis of masonry viaduct under load

A simple analytical study of masonry viaducts

This article proposes a new, simplified model of behaviour for masonry viaducts, discussing its limitations and implications for understanding the sources of observed damage.

Date ‐ 1 June 2022
Author ‐ Bill Harvey and Edward Maunder
Price ‐ £9
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Bearing support detail for precast planks

Concrete-encased steel frames, 1900–70: considerations in their assessment and refurbishment

This paper aims to provide some guidance on the unusual characteristics of concrete-encased steel-framed buildings.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ Nicholas Bill
Price ‐ £9

Professional guidance

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CROSS logo

CROSS Safety Report: Concerns over robustness of some 20-year-old buildings

This CROSS report highlights the challenges associated with commercial and programme pressures which must be balanced against the need to produce a safe design.

Date ‐ 8 September 2022
Author ‐ Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures
Price ‐ £0
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CROSS logo

CROSS Safety Report: Tower crane base designs

This month’s CROSS report again highlights the importance of a competent person fulfilling the role of Temporary Works Coordinator on a project and the need for suitable checking of designs.

Date ‐ 9 August 2022
Author ‐ Confidential Reporting on Safer Structures
Price ‐ £0
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Measuring Construction Site Productivity cover

Construction productivity: improving the way we build today and tomorrow

Bill Baker introduces two initiatives that aim to help address the long-standing challenge of low growth in construction productivity.

Date ‐ 9 August 2022
Author ‐ Bill Baker
Price ‐ £9

Features

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Diagram showing how carbon should be considered alongside traditional design parameters of cost, quality and time

Kenneth Severn Award 2022

Andrew Blackie examines what the structural engineering profession can learn from the past in order to tackle the climate emergency with a new approach to materials, efficiency and reuse.

Date ‐ 1 July 2022
Author ‐ Andrew Blackie
Price ‐ £9
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Full scale shear wall test

Optimising the structural design of modular housing by combining timber and lightweight steel framin

Smail Kechidi describes his research into cold-formed steel-framed shear walls sheathed in timber, which won the Institution’s Research into Practice essay competition in 2021.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ Smail Kechidi
Price ‐ £9
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<h4>Structuring a safer world in developing countries</h4>

Structuring a safer world in developing countries

This article, based on the winning entry to the IStructE Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award 2021, discusses innovative approaches implemented at Stellenbosch University, South Africa to develop technical competency in structural engineering and associated fields.

Date ‐ 1 April 2022
Author ‐ Richard Walls
Price ‐ £9

Project focus

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General view of Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore

Jewel Changi Airport: a destination in its own right

How the world's largest gridshell-enclosed building was designed and constructed in Singapore.

Date ‐ 8 September 2022
Author ‐ Cristobal Correa
Price ‐ £9
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Basement excavation for The Londoner hotel

Digging deep: design and construction of The Londoner hotel

This article provides an overview of the key design and construction considerations associated with building a deep basement on a constrained site in the heart of London.

Date ‐ 1 July 2022
Author ‐ Rachel Cooper, Jack Firth and Simon Nevill
Price ‐ £9
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<h4>Designing an 'icon': redevelopment of Ireland's Curragh Racecourse</h4>

Designing an 'icon': redevelopment of Ireland's Curragh Racecourse

This article describes the concept, detailed design and delivery of the Curragh Racecourse redevelopment, in Co. Kildare, Republic of Ireland.

Date ‐ 1 June 2022
Author ‐ Michael Orr, Jon Leach and Eugene Sheehy
Price ‐ £9

Opinion

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<h4>Book review: Steel architecture: The designed landscape of modernity</h4>

Book review: Steel architecture: The designed landscape of modernity

Angus Macdonald's latest book provides 21st century context to modern architecture, from the framework of the Crystal Palace through to high-tech buildings vying for attention today.

Date ‐ 8 September 2022
Author ‐ Jonathan Clarke
Price ‐ £0
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Verulam pen

Verulam (readers' letters – September 2022)

This month's letters cover snow loads, responses to last month's article by Alan Rathbone on plastic design of portal frames and the work of CROSS Australasia.

Date ‐ 8 September 2022
Author ‐ Various
Price ‐ £9
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<h4>Barriers to low-carbon design: what are they and how can we overcome them?</h4>

Barriers to low-carbon design: what are they and how can we overcome them?

Claire Thomas explores how her practice has fared regarding low-carbon design solutions, and asks what the construction industry can do to encourage low-carbon outcomes.

Date ‐ 8 September 2022
Author ‐ Claire Thomas
Price ‐ £9

At the back

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Structures masthead over tall building with glass facade

Spotlight on Structures (September 2022)

Editor-in-Chief Leroy Gardner has chosen an article on semi-rigid moment-resisting connections made from composite cold-formed steel-rubberised concrete and its development as the ‘Featured Article’ from Issue 40 of Structures . The article will be free to access for six months.

Date ‐ 8 September 2022
Author ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ £0
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Pen and diary

Diary dates (September 2022)

A round-up of events at Institution HQ and around the regional groups.

Date ‐ 8 September 2022
Author ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ £0
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General scheme of the input motion path during a seismic events

Spotlight on Structures (August 2022)

Don't forget to check out the winning papers in the 2022 Structures prizes. These will be free to access – for both members and non-members – until the end of August.

Date ‐ 9 August 2022
Author ‐ Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ £0