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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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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
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PV- array

A guide to assessing existing roofs for the addition of solar panels

This article summarises guidance developed by Hampshire County Council for the assessment of roofs in order to install photovoltaic panels.

Date ‐ 1 April 2022
Author ‐ Jonathan Prew
Price ‐ £9

Professional guidance

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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
The Structural Engineer
Illustration of damaged ply boarding

CROSS: Rotting plywood decking on grandstand

As the summer event season gets under way in the UK, we present a CROSS safety report highlighting the need for robust inspections of temporary demountable structures.

Date ‐ 1 July 2022
Author ‐ Confidential Reporting on Safer Structures
Price ‐ £0

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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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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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
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3D model view of typical canopy rib connection to back of stand

Design and construction of the Compton and Edrich stands, Lord’s Cricket Ground redevelopment

This paper describes the key design and construction challenges of the Compton and Edrich stands – two striking additions to Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ Fergus McCormick, Tim Sullivan, Iain Hill, Paul Eddleston, Mick Slack, Rajan Mistry
Price ‐ £9

Opinion

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Verulam pen

Verulam (readers' letters – August 2022)

This month's letters to Verulam include a submission from former president David Blockley and what the UK hitting record temperatures could mean for structural engineers.

Date ‐ 9 August 2022
Author ‐ Various
Price ‐ £9
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Sir Arnold Waters

Regional Group lecture prizes: are your speakers getting the recognition they deserve?

Martin Ashmead shares his extensive experience of Regional Group lecture prizes, encouraging Groups to set down formal judging criteria to ensure that ‘excellent lectures’ are recognised by the award of a prize and are then put forward for consideration for the Institution’s Sir Arnold Waters Medal.

Date ‐ 9 August 2022
Author ‐ Martin Ashmead
Price ‐ £9
The Structural Engineer
Plastic hinges on portal frame

From the archive: Strength is easy! Or the development of plastic design

To mark the 100th anniversary of The Structural Engineer , Alan Rathbone looks back at several key papers that helped advance the development of plastic design of steel portal frames.

Date ‐ 9 August 2022
Author ‐ Alan Rathbone
Price ‐ £9

At the back

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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
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Pen and diary

Diary dates (August 2022)

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

Date ‐ 9 August 2022
Author ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ £0
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Concept sketch for redevelopment project

The Drawing Board (July 2022)

This month, judge Ron Slade has selected two winners: Romeo Maciuceanu and Eugenie Sentucq.

Date ‐ 1 July 2022
Author ‐ Romeo Maciuceanu and Eugenie Sentucq
Price ‐ £9