Structural engineers consider the safety of structures from design and construction through to operation and demolition, in accordance with local legislation.
Structural engineers are key to ensuring that the built environment is robust and that lessons are learnt. This topic impacts upon the collaborative nature of construction and the need to ensure responsibilities are clearly defined at the outset of projects.
Effective retention and communication of project information, including maintenance and refurbishment, is paramount in ensuring the safety of society.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that many designers are unfamiliar with scale effects, increasing the risk that safety and commercial aspects may be overlooked.
Includes details of RAAC plank and post-tensioned slab failures, structural issues with cladding, missing punching shear reinforcement and dangerous substitution of lintels on domestic projects.
The Institution’s report responds to the Independent Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools, highlighting key aspects of masonry construction and the main responsibilities.
Paul McNulty, Senior Engineer at Structural-Safety, explains the safety mission behind CROSS and why IStructE members should make reports.
This article provides a brief introduction to demolition practice in the UK, addressing the more technical aspects requiring engineering input.
A paper written as a collaboration between AECOM fire engineers and structural engineers in an effort to elevate the subject and improve our mutual understanding of structural performance in fire. Intended as a high-level introduction for practising structural engineers.
Training from EEFIT, LfE-UK and IStructE to assist in becoming a future team leader of earthquake reconnaissance missions.
A presentation on a case study of how a partial collapse of a bulding was saved from becoming a disaster.#
An online technical meeting on safety matters - CROSS update.
The IStructE Queensland Committee invites you to join us as we hear Cristian Maluk give a presentation on fire literacy in structural engineering.
What does it mean to design a building or structure with health and wellbeing in mind?
Observations and implications of tsunami impacts on structures in the coastal zone
Evaluating the resilience of the built environment to earthquakes and secondary effects
This article discusses how strengthening an existing building can enable changes of use, achieve compliance with modern building codes, resist a previously unforeseen environmental load or increase resilience. It gives a broad description of some common strengthening options, as well as guidance on where to find more information.
This month we highlight a report raising concerns about the fire safety of multistorey buildings comprising cross-laminated timber structures and the risk of collapse in the event of an uncontrolled fire.
Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS) is operated jointly by the Institutions of Structural and Civil Engineers. Its expansion marks one of the first implementations of a recommendation of the Hackitt Review.
Luke Bisby urges structural engineers to improve their understanding of ‘fire resistance’ as the profession looks to innovate rapidly in response to climate change.
The Advisory Group on Temporary Structures (AGOTS) has put together brief guidance for landlords, local authorities and event organisers.
The IStructE Safety, Health and Wellbeing Panel considers the safety implications when aspiring to a lean design.
Alastair Soane of Structural-Safety sets out the key changes for structural engineers proposed in the UK government’s draft Building Safety Bill.
This guidance provides advice on the safe reopening of plants and sites during the coronavirus pandemic.