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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: Steel and embodied carbon</h4>

Industry CPD: Steel and embodied carbon

This CPD module, sponsored by Steel for Life, examines the embodied carbon credentials of steel and its potential to contribute to a zero-carbon future.

Date - 13 November 2020
Author - Steel for Life
Price - £0
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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

Technical

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Diagram of different column arrangements to counter differential shortening

Technical Guidance Note (Level 3, No. 2): Axial shortening

This Technical Guidance Note discusses axial shortening within vertical concrete loadbearing elements in structures over 15–20 storeys high.

Date - 4 January 2021
Author - Chris O'Regan
Price - £9
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<h4>Understanding the cost of structural steelwork. Part 2: Design development and detailing</h4>

Understanding the cost of structural steelwork. Part 2: Design development and detailing

This article – the second of two – presents some best practice design guidance for optimising the cost of steel construction to provide best value during design development.

Date - 16 November 2020
Author - Chris Dolling and David Moore
Price - £9
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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

Professional guidance

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Engineers checking design documents

Business Practice Note No. 37: Checking the work of another engineer

Stephen Gregson provides guidance on how to approach an appointment to review a design developed by another engineer.

Date - 4 January 2021
Author - Stephen Gregson
Price - £9
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<h4>Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS): newsletter 60</h4>

Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS): newsletter 60

This month we highlight a report raising safety concerns around changes to weld specifications without the designer’s knowledge.

Date - 16 November 2020
Author - Structural-Safety
Price - £0
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Jigsaw with words 'business' and 'ethics'

Business Practice Note 36: Ethical issues when accepting an appointment

Hugh Docherty explores the key ethical questions that engineers should consider before accepting an appointment, particularly when asked to replace an existing engineer.

Date - 16 November 2020
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 MultiPly pavilion at V&A museum

Design and construction of the MultiPly pavilion using cross-laminated tulipwood

This paper describes the design, fabrication and erection of the MultiPly timber pavilion, which was made from the first cross-laminated timber to be manufactured at volume in the UK.

Date - 4 January 2021
Author - Simon Bateman and Carolina Bartram
Price - £9
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<h4>The New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: the value of engineering</h4>

The New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium: the value of engineering

The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the realisation of an ambitious vision for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, made possible by the response of the project team to the challenges this vision presented. Key to this has been the engineering innovation, particularly the contribution of structural engineering.

Date - 16 November 2020
Author - Rob Amphlett
Price - £9
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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

Opinion

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<h4>Verulam (readers' letters - January 2021)</h4>

Verulam (readers' letters - January 2021)

This month's letters consider the art of persuasion, return to the topic of domestic projects and sway frames, worry about a growing tendency for remote site inspections, and offer contrasting views on climate change, among other topics.

Date - 4 January 2021
Author - Various
Price - £9
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Circle showing numbers 1-8 and graphics representing temporary works

Aligning temporary works with the Digital Plan of Work

Temporary works can often be overlooked at the strategy stage of a project. However, introducing temporary works digitally from the very beginning of a project delivers many benefits, including the ability to help teams win tenders by providing more buildable solutions, argues Duncan Reed of Trimble.

Date - 4 January 2021
Author - Duncan Reed
Price - £9
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Two men in uniform standing in aisle between large-scale shelves

A new approach to floor loading

Alastair Hughes sets out a proposal to simplify the Eurocode approach to floor loads by moving from an occupancy-based categorisation to one based on loading.

Date - 4 January 2021
Author - Alastair Hughes
Price - £9

At the back

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Sketch of pile driver between two towers

The Drawing Board (January 2021)

This month Ron has chosen a sketch submitted by Thomas Moll of Arcadis in The Netherlands.

Date - 4 January 2021
Author - Thomas Moll
Price - £9
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Steel beam with CFRP strengthening layers applied

Spotlight on Structures (January 2021)

Editor-in-Chief, Leroy Gardner, has selected a paper entitled ‘Study on the cyclic bending behaviour of CFRP strengthened full-scale CHS members’ as his ‘Featured Article’ from Volume 28 (December 2020).

Date - 4 January 2021
Author - The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price - £0
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Pen and diary

Diary dates (January 2021)

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

Date - 4 January 2021
Author - The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price - £0