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The Structural Engineer

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

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Industry CPD

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<h4>Industry CPD: Fire protection of steel-framed buildings</h4>

Industry CPD: Fire protection of steel-framed buildings

This CPD module, sponsored by Steel for Life, provides an introduction to fire protection of new steel-framed buildings. It will provide an overview of the performance of steel in fire, legislation and standards on fire resistance, fire resistance periods and fire protection options for steel-framed buildings.

Date - 3 March 2020
Author - Steel for Life
Price - £0
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Industry CPD: How engineering companies can avoid struggling with large amounts of project data

Modern construction projects produce an enormous amount of data, which can become a great risk for engineering companies and other AEC firms. This CPD module, sponsored by Newforma, examines various digital workflows which are suitable to tackle those challenges.

Date - 1 April 2019
Author - Newforma
Price - Free

Technical

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<h4>Technical Guidance Note (Level 2, No. 25): Designing for torsion in reinforced concrete elements</h4>

Technical Guidance Note (Level 2, No. 25): Designing for torsion in reinforced concrete elements

This Technical Guidance Note discusses the impact torsion has on the design and detailing of reinforced concrete elements.

Date - 1 April 2020
Author - Chris O'Regan
Price - £0
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<h4>Stone as a structural material. Part 1: Mechanical properties</h4>

Stone as a structural material. Part 1: Mechanical properties

This set of four articles will explore the contemporary use of stone in a variety of structural applications, showcasing the versatility of this often overlooked material. Part 1 will discuss the mechanical properties of stone, with subsequent parts covering the use of plain, reinforced and post-tensioned stone in buildings and staircases.

Date - 3 March 2020
Author - Scott Boote and Alex Lynes
Price - £9
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<h4>Technical Guidance Note (Level 2, No. 24): Principles of the design of post-fixed anchors</h4>

Technical Guidance Note (Level 2, No. 24): Principles of the design of post-fixed anchors

Designing a post-fixed anchor can be a convoluted process, principally due to the number of variables involved when considering its use in any given situation. The anchor itself could be resin-based or mechanical, with this choice guided by the material it is to be fixed into and the required loads.

Date - 3 February 2020
Author - Chris O'Regan
Price - £9

Professional guidance

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<h4>What's new in BS EN ISO 19650?</h4>

What's new in BS EN ISO 19650?

The Institution's BIM Panel summarises key changes resulting from the replacement of BS 1192 with BS EN ISO 19650 as a BIM framework.

Date - 1 April 2020
Author - IStructE BIM Panel
Price - £9
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<h4>Conceptual design of buildings</h4>

Conceptual design of buildings

James Norman introduces the Institution's new guide to conceptual design.

Date - 1 April 2020
Author - James Norman
Price - £0
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<h4>Business Practice Note No. 32: Principles of a quality management system</h4>

Business Practice Note No. 32: Principles of a quality management system

Norman Train continues his look at quality management systems with an introduction to the principles of ISO 9001:2015.

Date - 1 April 2020
Author - Norman Train
Price - £9

Features

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<h4>Shell structures: lessons in structural efficiency for sustainable construction</h4>

Shell structures: lessons in structural efficiency for sustainable construction

Isuru Nanayakkara looks at traditional technologies and modern approaches to lightweight shell construction to seek a better perspective on how shell technology can be appropriated to different local contexts.

Date - 1 April 2020
Author - Kavinda Isuru Nanayakkara
Price - £9
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<h4>We need to talk about timber: fire safety design in tall buildings</h4>

We need to talk about timber: fire safety design in tall buildings

This paper attempts to clearly articulate some of the key hazards associated with engineered timber – and show how these may be addressed by competent design professionals.

Date - 3 March 2020
Author - Angus Law and Rory Hadden
Price - £9
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<h4>2020 vision: 'For an understanding of the future, look to the past'</h4>

2020 vision: 'For an understanding of the future, look to the past'

2020 President Don McQuillan – the Institution's 100th president – sets out his vision for the year in his inaugural address.

Date - 3 February 2020
Author - Don McQuillan
Price - £0

Project focus

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<h4>Design and construction of the Doha Link, Kuwait</h4>

Design and construction of the Doha Link, Kuwait

This paper gives an overview of the design and construction of this 7.7km marine viaduct in Kuwait, and explains how these were optimised to ensure successful delivery within the demanding programme constraints.

Date - 1 April 2020
Author - Bahman Kermani and Paul Pankhurst
Price - £9
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<h4>The Hornet's Nest pavilion - learning the challenges of full-scale construction from a digital model</h4>

The Hornet's Nest pavilion - learning the challenges of full-scale construction from a digital model

In 2018, BuroHappold Engineering and Studio X of the Hochschule Anhalt Graduate School of Architecture in Dessau, Germany, collaborated on the design and construction of the Hornet's Nest, a parametrically designed, temporary, timber pavilion assembled without the use of mechanical connections.

Date - 3 March 2020
Author - Alejandro Niklison, Sabine Mueller and Florian Foerster
Price - £9
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<h4>Xiqu Centre, Hong Kong: design and construction of a suspended theatre structure</h4>

Xiqu Centre, Hong Kong: design and construction of a suspended theatre structure

This article discusses some of the technical challenges in the design of the building structure – prompted by its unusual arrangement and constrained site – and how they were overcome. In particular, it will focus on the design and construction of the 1073-seat Grand Theatre spanning 37m over a column free public plaza.

Date - 3 February 2020
Author - Tom Kember
Price - £9

Opinion

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<h4>Viewpoint: Why are the current planning application procedures not working in the UK?</h4>

Viewpoint: Why are the current planning application procedures not working in the UK?

Colin Jolly gives a personal perspective on perceived failings in the UK planning process, and sets out his recommendations for how these may be addressed.

Date - 1 April 2020
Author - Colin Jolly
Price - £9
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Verulam (readers' letters - April 2020)

This month's letters discuss the sustainability and fire safety of timber; seek information on the Institution's first female chartered member; and return to the topics of floor loadings and the cost of PI insurance.

Date - 1 April 2020
Author - Various
Price - £9
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<h4>Book review: Magnificent women and their revolutionary machines</h4>

Book review: Magnificent women and their revolutionary machines

Fiona Gleed recommends this historical account to anyone wanting to broaden their perspective on women’s role in engineering and society.

Date - 1 April 2020
Author - Fiona Gleed
Price - £0

At the back

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<h4>Spotlight on Structures (April 2020)</h4>

Spotlight on Structures (April 2020)

As his ‘Featured Article’ in the latest issue of Structures , Editor-in-Chief, Leroy Gardner, has selected an article that attempts to develop a volume loss fatality model for as-built and retrofitted clay brick unreinforced masonry buildings, using data from the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes in New Zealand.

Date - 1 April 2020
Author - Various
Price - £0
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Diary dates (April 2020)

Upcoming events at HQ and around the Regional Groups.

Date - 1 April 2020
Author - Various
Price - £0
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<h4>Spotlight on Structures (March 2020)</h4>

Spotlight on Structures (March 2020)

Editor-in-Chief, Leroy Gardner, has selected an article on slotted hole bolted cover-plate connections as his 'Featured Article' from the latest issue.

Date - 3 March 2020
Author - Various
Price - £0