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It has never been more important for structural engineers to be competent in the use of digital tools and demonstrate an awareness of the potential risks and opportunities digital systems can bring.

The influence of the digital world is increasing its impact on those involved with the built environment, whilst our capability to exploit data to inform designs and push the boundaries of what is possible is at the heart of structural engineering.

As our ability to monitor, record, extract and extrapolate information on the performance of our structures continues to improve there is a growing need to better understand how best to use the information. 

The use of big data and AI tools are emerging challenges for the industry. It is the ability to understand and manipulate information with computational tools which may transform the role of structural engineers. 

An increasingly online world requires robust digital security to mitigate potential infiltration of digital systems and the harm that could be caused to our infrastructure, whether it be financial damage, intellectual property infringement, criminal activity or terrorism. 

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The ACORN, the SQUIRREL and the OAK

The poster of the 2021 Coolest Concrete Award winner, Robin Oval, Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Cambridge.

Date ‐ 7 February 2022
Author ‐ Robin Oval
Price ‐ Free
Guidance
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Computational engineering

Providing comprehensive guidance on: design (including parametric design), modelling (and its problems), analysis, optimisation, AI and machine learning, and the future of engineering software.

Date ‐ 22 October 2020
Author ‐ Peter Debney
Price ‐ £32.50
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Vision-based monitoring data to inform new assessment techniques for tunnelling-induced damage

The executive summary from a 2020 Research Award winning project.

Date ‐ 7 February 2022
Author ‐ Sinan Acikgoz, Harvey Burd, Burcu Gulen, Yiyan Liu, Michael Devriendt, Ben Gilson, Deniz Dalgic, Alper Ilki, Muhammet Marasli
Price ‐ Free
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<h4>LOD and LOI Tool</h4>

LOD and LOI Tool

Use this tool to help you determine the structural information requirements and level of detail required for your projects.

Date ‐ 11 August 2021
Author ‐ IStructE BIM Panel
Price ‐ 0
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AI and the structural engineer

Peter Debney explores Artificial Intelligence and how it can help structural engineers. 

Date ‐ 21 July 2021
Author ‐ Peter Debney
Price ‐ Free

Digital engineering resources and events

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Understanding structural design

This two-day, online course extends the principles developed in the Understanding Structural Behaviour course. It covers more complex real structures and failures; and the important skills of approximate analysis for checking computer output and member sizing.

Date ‐ 10 October 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £485 - £745 + VAT
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Design and analysis of tall buildings

This popular one-day, online course offers guidance on the design, stability, safety and performance of tall buildings.

Date ‐ 11 September 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
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Eurocode 3: structural steelwork design

This one-day, online course examines changes between BS 5950 and Eurocode 3. The emphasis is on buildings and the provision of general rules for buildings of EN 1993-1-1 and design of joints to EN 1993-1-8.

Date ‐ 23 May 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
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Design and analysis of tall buildings

This popular one-day, online course offers guidance on the design, stability, safety and performance of tall buildings.

Date ‐ 22 May 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
An image from a 2017 lecture showing computational design of a structure

Digital sketching for engineers

Learn how to sketch on a tablet to create and edit work within the digital workflow in this interactive course taking place as a series of two-hour sessions over three weeks. This course aims to help attendees in the use of electronic sketching as an integral part of their design thinking, enabling sketch practice across interoperable platforms.

Date ‐ 9 May 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Course
looking upwards surrounded by tall buildings

Design and analysis of tall buildings

This popular one-day, online course offers guidance on the design, stability, safety and performance of tall buildings.

Date ‐ 6 February 2023
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ £275 - £425 + VAT
Training
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Modelling techniques for complex structures

This lecture focused on how to effectively model complex structures.

Date ‐ 28 April 2022
Author ‐ Feng Fu and Ashley Kacha
Price ‐ Free
<h4>Making structural monitoring systems mainstream (Data-driven design)</h4>

Making structural monitoring systems mainstream (Data-driven design)

Our expert panel from London Structures Lab and BKWai explained what asset monitoring sensors are available at the moment, how the data needs to be processed to identify residual trends and what opportunities are available to engineers in the future. Through current research and real-time case studies, they also discussed the range of sensing systems available and the circumstances that they can be utilised.

Date ‐ 16 February 2022
Author ‐ Arthur Coates, Jon Leach and Sakthy Selvakumaran
Price ‐ £45 - £70 + VAT
Training
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Optimisation driven design (Data-driven design)

This webinar introduces optimisation as a general theory and discusses how viewing design and the design process as an optimisation problem can lead to better engineering and streamlined practice.

Date ‐ 16 February 2022
Author ‐ Matthew Gilbert, Jon Leach and Martha Tsigkari
Price ‐ £45 - £70 + VAT
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The ACORN, the SQUIRREL and the OAK

The poster of the 2021 Coolest Concrete Award winner, Robin Oval, Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Cambridge.

Date ‐ 7 February 2022
Author ‐ Robin Oval
Price ‐ Free
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<h4>Graphic statics webinar series: Advanced computational graphic statics</h4>

Graphic statics webinar series: Advanced computational graphic statics

Graphic statics: from basics to computational tools - part 5 of 5

Date ‐ 1 February 2022
Author ‐ Juney Lee
Price ‐ From £45.50 + VAT
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<h4>Webinar series: Graphic statics</h4>

Webinar series: Graphic statics

Purchase the complete series of five graphic statics webinars.

Date ‐ 1 February 2022
Author ‐ Block Research Group
Price ‐ From £182 + VAT
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Rebuilding trust with blockchain technology

Alastair Low-Macrae argues that blockchain technology may hold the key to some of the issues around trust and transparency that the industry is currently grappling with, particularly in the context of BIM.

Date ‐ 1 February 2022
Author ‐ Alastair Low-Macrae
Price ‐ £9
Training
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Digital design and computation conference 2021

Date ‐ 24 January 2022
Author ‐ Various
Price ‐ Free
Training
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Bringing design to reality

fibUK brings together experts to explore bringing design to reality, using case studies of modular bridge substructures and reinforced concrete structures.

Date ‐ 19 January 2022
Author ‐ John Armitage, Chris Hendy, David Kwong, Philip Robinson, Ioannis Vousvoukis
Price ‐ Free