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

Industry CPD

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Industry CPD: Accuracy and precision in finite-element analysis

This CPD module, sponsored by Oasys, explains what we mean by accuracy and precision, looks at possible causes of inaccuracy when conducting a finite-element analysis and discusses the role of validation and verification in checking the accuracy of modelling output.

Date – 10 November 2023
Author – Oasys
Price – £0
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Industry CPD: Composite column design

This CPD module, sponsored by SCIA, examines the analysis and design of steel-and-concrete composite columns.

Date – 6 September 2023
Author – SCIA
Price – £0
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Industry CPD: Structural waterproofing by design

This CPD module, sponsored by MAPEI, explores the addition of waterproofing admixtures to concrete in order to build a watertight below-ground structure.

Date – 1 October 2022
Author – MAPEI
Price – £0

Technical

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Modern methods of construction: a study of upfront embodied carbon

James Morton and Gavin White discuss findings from a comparative analysis of MMC and 'typical' construction practices, specifically focusing on the impact on the upfront embodied carbon for the structural systems of MMC.

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – James Morton and Gavin White
Price – £10
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An introduction to modern methods of construction

Nigel Ostime introduces some of the key considerations and questions across the design and procurement process when using MMC.

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – Nigel Ostime
Price – £10
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Design of glass balustrades to CEN/TS 19100

This article seeks to describe the approach taken to designing a glass balustrade in CEN/TS 19100 Design of glass structures , a draft document which is a precursor to the publication of a Eurocode.

Date – 2 January 2024
Author – Chris O'Regan and Peter Lenk
Price – £10

Professional guidance

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Stakeholder relationships: understanding construction project roles

Theodore Wright explores the relationships that structural engineers will have with other stakeholders on a project, and the importance of devoting time and attention to these.

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – Theodore Wright
Price – £10
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Historical defects in buildings – No. 4: Carbonation of concrete cover

Hugh Docherty examines the potential damage caused by carbonation in reinforced concrete, and offers brief advice on identification and remediation.

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – Hugh Docherty
Price – £10
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CROSS Safety Report: MMC and robustness

This month we present a report relating to the design of a low-rise modular building and the requirement, or otherwise, for positive fixings between the superstructure and the substructure.

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures
Price – £0

Features

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President's Inaugural Address: Engineering with purpose: aligning our values for global impact

Tanya de Hoog, 2024 IStructE President, addresses the membership with a focus on technical expertise, collaboration and aligned action.

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – Tanya de Hoog
Price – £10
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Nuts and bolts of informal empire – 19th century railway bridges in South America

Pedro Guedes explores the role of British, European and US engineers in developing the railway networks that spread across South America in the 19th century.

Date – 13 November 2023
Author – Pedro Guedes
Price – £10
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Assessment of steel bridges – cracking the code

This article gives a view of the way in which assessment codes can fall short in carrying out a structural assessment of steel bridges.

Date – 6 September 2023
Author – Graham Slade
Price – £10

Project focus

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Atlantis The Royal hotel – designing multiperformance glass features

This article focuses on two structural glass elements located in the entry vestibule of Atlantis The Royal hotel: Deluge – a pair of all-glass lifts with water cascading on the outer surface; and Alight – a feature involving fire, water and glass.

Date – 2 January 2024
Author – Peter Lenk, Mercedes Gargallo, Eva Babic and Jordi Alcaine
Price – £10
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Quay Quarter Tower, Sydney – conservation, life extension and upgrade using live digital twinning

This article describes the feasibility studies, investigations, analysis, structural health monitoring, digital twinning, and structural adequacy verification of the repurposed 50-storey Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney, Australia.

Date – 3 October 2023
Author – Nimal J Perera, Murray Middleton, Reza Hassani and Marco Ficca
Price – £10
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Battersea Power Station – regeneration of an icon

This article presents a summary of the substantial engineering work undertaken to bring Battersea Power Station back to life.

Date – 3 October 2023
Author – Justin Phillips, Franck Robert, Rachel Monteith, Michael Brooks and Sam Youdan
Price – £10

Opinion

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Book review: Design trails: Adventures of a structural engineer

This inspirational book crams in a vast array of Paul Fast's timber engineering creativity and shares the human stories behind great structural engineering, says Tim Ibell.

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – Tim Ibell
Price – £0
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Verulam (readers' letters – February 2024)

This month's letters concern Category 3 checks, subsidence on shrinkable soils and seismic design of residential structures.

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – Various
Price – £10
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Viewpoint: Realising carbon-reduction benefits from DfMA/MMC

Drawing on their project experience, Alice Berry, Sahil Limbu and Heleni Pantelidou share tips on how to ensure that modern methods of construction deliver carbon savings.

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – Alice Berry, Sahil Limbu and Heleni Pantelidou
Price – £10

At the back

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The Drawing Board (February 2024)

This month, Ron Slade has chosen a sketch by Ameet Mistry as the winner of The Drawing Board.

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – Ron Slade
Price – £10
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Diary dates (February 2024)

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

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price – £0
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Spotlight on Structures (February 2024)

The Featured Article for Volume 57 (November 2023) of Structures is now available. Chosen by Associate Editor Jason Ingham, the article discusses full-scale tests of steel storage pallet racks and their failure modes during testing.

Date – 1 February 2024
Author – The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price – £0