Safety of society

Structural engineers are of critical importance in managing the risk to society throughout the lifecycle of the structure.

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.

Latest news from CROSS

 

<h4>Safety of structures in the climate emergency</h4>

Safety of structures in the climate emergency

CROSS theme page providing content around the climate emergency to share knowledge and research in ensuring structural safety when implementing innovation or changed approaches.

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Read the latest CROSS newsletter

CROSS-UK Newsletter 64 includes articles on fire safety risks with lithium-ion batteries, concern over modelling of concrete frame building for construction stage, fire protection of stair structures.

Featured events and resources

Guidance
<h4>Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) panels: Investigation and assessment</h4>

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) panels: Investigation and assessment

This free guidance provides identification and remediation solutions for Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) planks. RAAC has been used in building structures in the UK and Europe since the late 1950’s, most commonly as precast roof panels in flat roof construction, but in the 1990s structural deficiencies became apparent.

Date ‐ 7 March 2022
Author ‐ RAAC Study Group
Price ‐ Free
Guidance
<h4>Examples for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8</h4>

Examples for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8

Simple design calculations for basic steel and concrete elements for buildings within the scope of BS EN 1998.

Date ‐ 24 February 2022
Author ‐ Costas Georgopoulos and Kong Kian Hau
Price ‐ £37.50/£48.75/£75.00
The Structural Engineer
Preparatory works for demolition of Huntingdon Railway Viaduct

Decommissioning of the A14 Huntingdon Railway Viaduct, Cambridgeshire

This paper describes the demolition of the central suspended span of the Huntingdon Railway Viaduct, which crosses the East Coast Main Line on the west side of the Cambridgeshire town.

Date ‐ 4 January 2022
Author ‐ Colin George, Mark Hatcher, Chris Law, Ionut Paunescu
Price ‐ £9
Training
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Florida bridge collapse: lessons learnt

Lessons learned from the collapse of a new footbridge over a live highway during construction, resulting in a tragic loss of life.

Date ‐ 30 November 2021
Author ‐ Steve Williams
Price ‐ 0
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Strengthening of existing buildings: an introduction</h4>

Strengthening of existing buildings: an introduction

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.

Date ‐ 2 September 2021
Author ‐ Lizzie Blaisdell Collins and Joe White
Price ‐ £9
Guidance
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Envelope checklist

The checklist is intended for graduate engineers or those with little experience of envelopes.

Date ‐ 21 July 2021
Author ‐ Peter Lenk
Price ‐ 0
Training
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Structural health monitoring

This webinar on structural health monitoring explores how different types of sensors can be used to extend the safe service life of structures.

Date ‐ 23 June 2021
Author ‐ Su Taylor and Jonathon Backus
Price ‐ £26.00 + VAT
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Viewpoint: Mental health in construction: who's looking out for management?</h4>

Viewpoint: Mental health in construction: who's looking out for management?

Andy Leask sees a role for the professional institutions in creating an environment where all people – from junior staff to directors – feel comfortable discussing mental health issues with their peers.

Date ‐ 4 May 2021
Author ‐ Andy Leask
Price ‐ £9
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Managing Health & Safety Risks (No. 65): Probability and risk assessments</h4>

Managing Health & Safety Risks (No. 65): Probability and risk assessments

Note 64 in this series introduced the topic of risk assessment. Such assessments are often required in support of design and site execution. In recent years, the inevitability of ‘risk’ has become widely accepted and much thought has gone into understanding how risks arise and how they can be mitigated.

Note 64 focused on hazards, but to complete an assessment, it is necessary to consider the probability of the identified hazards occurring.

Date ‐ 1 September 2017
Author ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
Price ‐ £9

Related resources and events

Webinar
<h4>Footfall Analysis with Oasys GSA (sponsored content)</h4>

Footfall Analysis with Oasys GSA (sponsored content)

Date ‐ 13 July 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ Free
Webinar
<h4>Discover how to protect yourself from cyberattack and ransomware (sponsored content)</h4>

Discover how to protect yourself from cyberattack and ransomware (sponsored content)

Discover how to protect yourself from cyberattack and ransomware. This webinar, in collaboration with Mitigo, will bring to life the attacks that are hitting firms and give a view of what it takes to become protected.

Date ‐ 7 June 2022
Location ‐ Online
Price ‐ Free
Lecture
<h4>Sweden Region - a very European lunch</h4>

Sweden Region - a very European lunch

A series of poignant and inspiring talks and rapid Pecha-Kucha-style presentations from around continental Europe.

Date ‐ 1 June 2022
Price ‐ Free
Lecture
<h4>Common problems encountered when complying with Building Regulations</h4>

Common problems encountered when complying with Building Regulations

An online technical presentation outlining common problems complying with the Building Regulations.

Date ‐ 17 May 2022
Price ‐ Free
The Structural Engineer
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CROSS: Basement excavation under a semi-detached house causes collapse

This month’s CROSS Safety Report highlights the importance of the relationship between the permanent works engineer, the temporary works engineer, and the contractor in basement construction, and the need for competent persons to fill these roles regardless of the size of the overall project.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ CROSS
Price ‐ £0
Blog
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International World Day for Safety and Health at Work

This brief blog from Phil Baker offers some pointers on engaging with health and safety in the workplace.

Date ‐ 28 April 2022
Price ‐ Free
Training
<h4>Fire safety and design considerations in composite structures</h4>

Fire safety and design considerations in composite structures

Through real-life case studies and examples, learn about the importance of fire safety in structures and how to improve it.

Date ‐ 27 April 2022
Author ‐ Florian Block, Tom Lennon and Yong Wang
Price ‐ £45 - £70 + VAT
Guidance
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An introduction to prevention through design

By establishing systems to identify and implement measures to control risks, the engineer can ensure that a design is both appropriate and proportionate to the requirements, demands and controls that are and will be placed upon it.

Date ‐ 14 April 2022
Author ‐ Chris Farrell and Julia Allison
Price ‐ Free
The Structural Engineer
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CROSS: Concern over modelling of concrete-frame building for construction stage

This month we summarise a CROSS Safety Report highlighting concerns around modelling and design checks. This report was submitted to, and processed by, CROSS-UK, but the contents will also be of interest to readers internationally.

Date ‐ 1 April 2022
Author ‐ CROSS
Price ‐ Free
The Structural Engineer
<h4>Structuring a safer world in developing countries</h4>

Structuring a safer world in developing countries

This article, based on the winning entry to the IStructE Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award 2021, discusses innovative approaches implemented at Stellenbosch University, South Africa to develop technical competency in structural engineering and associated fields.

Date ‐ 1 April 2022
Author ‐ Richard Walls
Price ‐ £9
Blog
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Four great Structural Award winners that exemplify the new Structural Awards

This year the judges have introduced new judging criteria designed to ensure that the Structural Awards recognise and celebrate the immense skill structural engineers demonstrate across a vast range of structures.

Date ‐ 18 March 2022
Price ‐ 0
Guidance
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Procurement and use of demountable structures

This guidance note has been written to remind people of their legal responsibilities when procuring and using temporary demountable structures for events.

Date ‐ 18 March 2022
Author ‐ Institution's Advisory Group on Temporary Structures (AGOTS)
Price ‐ Free
The Structural Engineer
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Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures: The myth of quality assurance

This month we present a CROSS Safety Report discussing the need for regular site inspections to be conducted by the original design engineer. The report was submitted to, and processed by, CROSS-AUS, but the contents will also be of interest to readers within the UK and internationally.

Date ‐ 1 March 2022
Author ‐ CROSS
Price ‐ £0
Guidance
<h4>Seismic design (two-volume package)</h4>

Seismic design (two-volume package)

Includes both 'Manual for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8' and the new, accompanying guidance 'Examples for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8'.

Date ‐ 24 February 2022
Author ‐ Various
Price ‐ £64.00/£83.20/£128.00
Guidance
<h4>Examples for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8</h4>

Examples for the seismic design of steel and concrete buildings to Eurocode 8

Simple design calculations for basic steel and concrete elements for buildings within the scope of BS EN 1998.

Date ‐ 24 February 2022
Author ‐ Costas Georgopoulos and Kong Kian Hau
Price ‐ £37.50/£48.75/£75.00