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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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Prefabricated structural steel in a factory ready for transportation

Industry CPD: Steel and off-site construction

This CPD module, sponsored by Steel for Life, will look at the structural steelwork construction process with a focus on established off-site processes and practices and the benefits provided.

Date - 1 June 2020
Author - Steel for Life
Price - £0
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<h4>Industry CPD: Modelling buildings for seismic analysis</h4>

Industry CPD: Modelling buildings for seismic analysis

This CPD module, sponsored by SCIA, introduces best practice guidelines for performing seismic analysis using the Modal Response Spectrum Method in finite element software. These principles ought to be well understood when applied to 3D models.

Date - 1 May 2020
Author - SCIA
Price - £0
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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

Technical

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View from above of Formby Stair

Stone as a structural material. Part 3: Post-tensioned stone structures

This article covers the reasons for post-tensioning stone, the advantages of doing so, and presents a series of projects that demonstrate the evolution and development of engineers' expertise and understanding at Webb Yates.

Date - 1 August 2020
Author - Scott Boote and Alex Lynes
Price - £9
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Steel connection with torsion and warping restraints

Technical Guidance Note (Level 3, No. 1): Designing for torsion in open-section steel elements

This Technical Guidance Note explains how rolled steel I and H-sections are designed to resist torsion.

Date - 1 July 2020
Author - Chris O'Regan
Price - 9
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Open tread cantilever stone staircase

Stone as a structural material. Part 2: Traditional and reinforced stone stairs

By adopting a creative approach to structural analysis, design and detailing, the structural principles of stone cantilever stairs can be combined and extrapolated to design and construct more refined structures in myriad applications.

Date - 1 June 2020
Author - Scott Boote
Price - £9

Professional guidance

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Table of key acronyms in ISO 440001

Business Practice Note No. 34: Business-to-business collaboration: an introduction to ISO 44001

Neil Wakeman gives an overview of the development of collaborative business relationships in accordance with internationally recognised standards

Date - 1 August 2020
Author - Neil Wakeman
Price - £9
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Table showing responsibilities for different stages of design

What's changed in the revised CIC BIM Protocol?

The IStructE BIM Panel highlights key changes in the second edition of this protocol intended to provide consistency of approach in projects involving building information modelling.

Date - 1 July 2020
Author - BIM Panel
Price - £9
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<h4>Business Practice Note No. 33: Developing a quality management system</h4>

Business Practice Note No. 33: Developing a quality management system

Norman Train concludes his look at quality management systems by offering advice on how firms can set up a QMS.

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

Features

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Students discussing project work in lab

Curriculum evolution - change via a series of 'controlled explosions'

This paper, based on the winning entry to the Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award 2019, presents a multifaceted yet controlled exploration of the potential to achieve progressive change towards a new vision of structural engineering education.

Date - 1 July 2020
Author - Ted McKenna
Price - £9
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<h4>Outcomes from applying the inverted classroom to a first-year structures module</h4>

Outcomes from applying the inverted classroom to a first-year structures module

This paper, based on a winning entry to the Institution’s Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award 2015, provides an account of action research in the application of inverted classroom principles to teaching first-year undergraduate civil engineering students.

Date - 1 May 2020
Author - Jonathan Haynes and Neil Currie
Price - £9
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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

Project focus

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View of Padre Pio church and plaza, Italy

Speaking stone - a retrospective look at the stone arch design for the Padre Pio church, Italy

This article presents a retrospective, personal account of the design of the stone arches for the Padre Pio church in Italy between 1990 and 2004. Inspired by a resurgence in interest in stone as a structural material, it seeks to relate the design development of this innovative project and discuss some of the hurdles that had to be overcome when working outside codes of practice.

Date - 1 August 2020
Author - Alistair Lenczner
Price - £9
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Grand Theatre de Rabat under construction

The structure of the Grand Theatre de Rabat, Morocco: from digital design to local construction

This paper describes the structural design, from concept to delivery, of the Grand Theatre de Rabat in Morocco.

Date - 1 June 2020
Author - Gerry O'Brien and Nicolas Sterling
Price - £9
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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

Opinion

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Blue abstract blocks

Profile: Mike Cook

Engineers must resist pressure to build environmentally unsustainable schemes if we want to be judged well by future generations, says 2020 Gold Medal winner and former Institution Vice-President, Mike Cook.

Date - 1 August 2020
Author - Jackie Whitelaw
Price - £0
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<h4>Verulam (readers' letters - August 2020)</h4>

Verulam (readers' letters - August 2020)

This month's letters discuss the need to make climate decisions on the basis of 'whole-life carbon'; speaking with a strong voice in design meetings; anticipating future use; sustainable foundation design; and other topics.

Date - 1 August 2020
Author - Various
Price - £9
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<h4>Book review: Whole life costing for sustainable building</h4>

Book review: Whole life costing for sustainable building

This book provides a high-level introduction to whole-life costs in building design, explains Paul Astle, and will be of most use to students or junior engineers seeking to broaden their understanding of other disciplines and influences.

Date - 1 August 2020
Author - Paul Astle
Price - £0

At the back

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Column connections during demolition

Spotlight on Structures (August 2020)

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Structures prizes – for papers published in the journal during 2019.

Date - 1 August 2020
Author - Various
Price - £0
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Pen and diary

Diary dates (August 2020)

A roundup of online events and activities available from the Institution.

Date - 1 August 2020
Author - Various
Price - £0
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Diagram of beam subject to loading

And finally... (July 2020)

This month we present another question on bending moments from the Structural Behaviour Course.

Date - 1 July 2020
Author - The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price - £0