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This article describes the use of structural optimisation at the conceptual design stage to identify materially efficient solutions that incorporate buildability considerations.
This Technical Guidance Note covers the inspection of structural elements that are typically present within buildings during their construction and/or alteration phases.
This Technical Guidance Note describes the design and detailing of base plates – the primary means by which steel-framed structures transmit vertical loads into their foundations.
Tim Ibell introduces the Institution’s new Certificate in Structural Behaviour and explains the value of being able to demonstrate one’s understanding.
Matt Byatt offers advice on how to intervene successfully when witnessing an unsafe act or procedure.
This article highlights a report from CROSS newsletter 55 on a failure stemming from buildability issues.
Amy Brander, winner of the Institution’s Pai Lin Li Travel Award in 2018, discusses her research into the WELL Building Standard and the potential to design buildings that prioritise the health and wellbeing of their occupants.
This paper explores the reasons why failures of hanging systems occur and suggests that increased design attention is required to assure system safety.
Thomas Leslie explores the aesthetic philosophy of Italian engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, showing how he negotiated structural and fabricational ‘truths’ to create works that celebrated the constraints he practised within.
This article describes the design of the world’s first sprayed-net, hyperboloid, lattice ice structure, by a team from the University of Cambridge, for the Harbin Institute of Technology’s International Ice and Snow Innovation Construction Competition in 2018.
This project involved the design and construction of a structure comprising four tunnels with a total length of 2434m. An initial in situ concrete scheme was changed to a corrugated steel plate assembly, enabling improvements in material transportation and construction.
This paper discusses the design and construction of this award-winning building, including the constraints imposed by an inner-city site of archaeological interest, the requirements associated with specialist medical equipment, and the incorporation of extensive off-site construction methods into the structural design.
The Institution’s Digital Workflows and Computational Design Panel calls for a rethink of what computational design offers the industry for more sustainable design.
This month's letters discuss building safety regulations; lateral stability; the snow protection tunnel on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway; safety factors for overturning; and recent articles on Alistair Day and Pier Luigi Nervi.
Fiona Cobb has surprised herself throughout her career, from going to university to be an engineer, to working for a top London consultant, to writing a book that’s in the Science Museum. Her latest adventure is to start her own practice.
From each issue of Structures, the Editor-in-Chief (or Guest Editor) selects an outstanding paper which is made available free of charge for six months. Here, we highlight the three latest Featured Articles.
Upcoming events at HQ and around the Regional Groups.
This month’s question from Ben Clayton was inspired by the design of the core lintels for a project in Bristol.