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The Structural Engineer

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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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<h4>Stone as a structural material. Part 4: Contemporary loadbearing stone buildings</h4>

Stone as a structural material. Part 4: Contemporary loadbearing stone buildings

Webb Yates, in conjunction with The Stonemasonry Company, has begun to develop a building system that would be a low-energy alternative to more common steel and concrete-framed structures. In this article, we hope to demonstrate how a creative approach to engineering design can utilise stone to exploit its inherent strengths.

Date - 16 October 2020
Author - Scott Boote, Mark Day and Steve Webb
Price - £9
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Blue abstract blocks

Understanding the cost of structural steelwork. Part 1: Initial estimates

Cost is a key consideration in many design decisions, so an understanding of approximate costs and cost drivers is a professional skill that structural engineers are advised to develop through their careers. This article provides an introduction to initial cost estimates for structural steelwork and the key cost drivers in the early design stages of a project.

Date - 2 September 2020
Author - Chris Dolling and David Moore
Price - £9
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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

Professional guidance

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<h4>Business Practice Note No. 35: Dealing with unauthorised changes on site</h4>

Business Practice Note No. 35: Dealing with unauthorised changes on site

In this note, Simon Pitchers provides advice to structural engineering professionals on how to proceed if they become aware that an unauthorised change to the design has taken place on site.

Date - 16 October 2020
Author - Simon Pitchers
Price - £9
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<h4>An introduction to the COBie standard</h4>

An introduction to the COBie standard

The Institution’s BIM Panel provides a brief overview of the COBie information exchange standard, which is intended to reduce interoperability issues between different software systems.

Date - 16 October 2020
Author - IStructE BIM Panel
Price - £9
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Grenfell Tower

What can we expect from the UK's Building Safety Bill?

Alastair Soane of Structural-Safety sets out the key changes for structural engineers proposed in the UK government’s draft Building Safety Bill.

Date - 2 September 2020
Author - Alastair Soane
Price - £9

Features

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<h4>The climate change crisis demands radical change by all. How must structural engineers respond</h4>

The climate change crisis demands radical change by all. How must structural engineers respond

In his winning entry to the Institution’s Kenneth Severn Award 2020 – an annual essay competition for young engineers – Will Rogers-Tizard argues that structural engineers can help tackle the climate emergency by making better use of materials, understanding carbon values and questioning industry norms.

Date - 2 September 2020
Author - Will Rogers-Tizard
Price - £9
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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

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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Verulam pen

Verulam (readers' letters – October 2020)

This month's letters comment on Mike Cook's Gold Medal Address, matters of ethics, questions of climate change and carbon, and the need for sway frames in domestic opening-up projects, among other topics.

Date - 16 October 2020
Author - Various
Price - £9
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Eco development for Findhorn Foundation

Profile: Sinead Conneely and Laura Hannigan

Four thirty-somethings are just over one year into life as the Simple Works structural practice. Jackie Whitelaw talked to two of the founders, Sinead Conneely and Laura Hannigan, about branching out on their own, and shaping the future.

Date - 16 October 2020
Author - Jackie Whitelaw
Price - £0
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<h4>Book review: Durability of reinforced concrete structures</h4>

Book review: Durability of reinforced concrete structures

This concise book provides useful information and valuable guidelines for engineers looking to extend the service life of concrete structures, concludes Long-yuan Li.

Date - 16 October 2020
Author - Long-yuan Li
Price - £0

At the back

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Slider device in modular steel building

Spotlight on Structures (October 2020)

Editor-in-Chief, Leroy Gardner, has selected a paper on ‘Performance of a novel slider device in multi-storey cold-formed steel modular buildings under seismic loading’ as his ‘Featured Article’ from the latest issue of Structures .

Date - 16 October 2020
Author - Various
Price - £0
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Pen and diary

Diary dates (October 2020)

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

Date - 16 October 2020
Author - Various
Price - £0
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<h4>The Drawing Board (September 2020)</h4>

The Drawing Board (September 2020)

This month Ron has selected two winners – Joao Alves and Cashel Cahill – with very different sketches.

Date - 2 September 2020
Author - Ron Slade
Price - £9