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Technical Guidance Note (Level 2, No. 21): Design and detailing of base plates to steel columns

Technical Guidance Note (Level 2, No. 21): Design and detailing of base plates to steel columns

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. 

Date - 1st May 2019
Author - C. O'Regan (AECOM)
Price - £9
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Technical Guidance Note (Level 2, No. 20): Design and detailing of lintels in masonry walls

Technical Guidance Note (Level 2, No. 20): Design and detailing of lintels in masonry walls

A significant-sized opening in a masonry wall will always require a lintel to bridge over it. This note offers advice on the different types of lintel that are available, their detailing requirements and their design.

Date - 1st March 2019
Author - C. O'Regan (AECOM)
Price - £9
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Delivering low-vibration environments in laboratory structural design

Delivering low-vibration environments in laboratory structural design

The equipment and processes used in laboratories often work at very fine levels of detail and can be very sensitive to vibration. This article discusses the main vibration issues that confront structural engineers, and explains how they can be addressed.

Date - 1st February 2019
Author - N. Simpson, J. Hargreaves and R. Harrison (all Ove Arup & Partners)
Price - £9

Professional Guidance

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Have your say on the UK government's safety reporting proposals for buildings

Have your say on the UK government's safety reporting proposals for buildings

Structural-Safety calls on the engineering community to respond to key questions in the UK government’s post-Hackitt safety consultation.

Date - 1st July 2019
Author - Structural-Safety
Price - £0
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Building a safer future: UK government proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system

Building a safer future: UK government proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system

Alastair Soane summarises the UK government’s proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system, which are open for consultation until 31 July 2019.

Date - 1st July 2019
Author - Alastair Soane
Price - £0
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Business Practice Note No. 26: Building facades - defining the structural engineer's scope of servi

Business Practice Note No. 26: Building facades - defining the structural engineer's scope of servi

Stephen Gregson stresses the importance of clearly defining responsibilities and interfaces when designing building facades.

Date - 1st July 2019
Author - Stephen Gregson
Price - £9

Features

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Alistair Day and the origins of dynamic relaxation. Part 2: A practice viewed through projects

Alistair Day and the origins of dynamic relaxation. Part 2: A practice viewed through projects

In this second part of our biographical look at Alistair Day and the technique of dynamic relaxation, we review some of the exceptionally innovative and structurally demanding projects to have made use of the method.

Date - 1st July 2019
Author - Tristram Carfrae and Duncan Michael (Arup)
Price - 9
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Alistair Day and the origins of dynamic relaxation. Part 1: Bringing an idea to life

Alistair Day and the origins of dynamic relaxation. Part 1: Bringing an idea to life

This two-part article explores the life and achievements of Alistair Day, the engineer who developed the calculation technique ‘dynamic relaxation’.

Date - 1st June 2019
Author - T. Carfrae, D. Michael
Price - £9
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Milne Medal 2018: Unexpected education

Milne Medal 2018: Unexpected education

2018 Milne Medallist John Parker discusses the privileges and responsibilities that structural engineers have, and the unexpected education that engineering projects can provide.

Date - 1st June 2019
Author - J. Parker
Price - £9

Project focus

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The King's Health Partners Cancer Centre at Guy's Hospital, London

The King's Health Partners Cancer Centre at Guy's Hospital, London

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.

Date - 1st July 2019
Author - Malcom Turpin and Andrew Rolf (Arup)
Price - £9
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The principles behind Principal Tower – a new residential tower in central London

The principles behind Principal Tower – a new residential tower in central London

This paper describes how the 50-storey residential Principal Tower was designed and constructed on a site in the London Borough of Hackney close to the City of London.

Date - 1st April 2019
Author - R. Slade, M. Sharratt, R. Harvey, N. Petrioli (all WSP)
Price - £9
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Solar Gate, Hull – form through function

Solar Gate, Hull – form through function

This paper describes the innovative parametric design and evolutionary optimisation process used for the Solar Gate – an ethereal sculpture created for Hull's UK City of Culture year in 2017.

Date - 2nd January 2019
Author - W. Arnold, E. Clark and G. Torpiano (all Arup)
Price - £9

Opinion

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Viewpoint: The fire at Notre-Dame cathedral

Viewpoint: The fire at Notre-Dame cathedral

Following the recent fire at Notre-Dame de Paris, Professor Jacques Heyman discusses the construction of the cathedral and considers some of the questions that will arise in agreeing an approach to repair.

Date - 1st July 2019
Author - Jacques Heyman
Price - £9
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Verulam (readers' letters - July 2019)

Verulam (readers' letters - July 2019)

This month's letters continue the discussion around subsidence and settlement; call on structural engineers to declare a climate emergency; discuss the origins of the 120-year design life for bridges; and offer more thoughts on safety factors.

Date - 1st July 2019
Author - Various
Price - £9
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Verulam (readers' letters - June 2019)

Verulam (readers' letters - June 2019)

This month’s letters consider the meaning of ‘subsidence’ and ‘settlement’, among other topics.

Date - 1st June 2019
Author - Various
Price - £9

At the back

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Spotlight on Structures (July 2019)

Spotlight on Structures (July 2019)

This month we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2019 Structures prizes, which were presented at the Institution's People and Papers Awards held in June.

Date - 1st July 2019
Author - Various
Price - Free
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Diary dates (July 2019)

Diary dates (July 2019)

Upcoming events at HQ and around the Regional Groups.

Date - 1st July 2019
Author - Various
Price - Free
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And finally... (July 2019)

And finally... (July 2019)

This month’s question from Mounir Matta MIStructE concerns bending moments in a structural framing system.

Date - 1st July 2019
Author - Mounir Matta
Price - £9