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The flagship publication of the Institution of Structural Engineers. Available to Institution members, and on subscription.

Industry CPD

The Structural Engineer
Below ground site with sheet piles

Industry CPD: Structural waterproofing by design

This CPD module, sponsored by MAPEI, explores the addition of waterproofing admixtures to concrete in order to build a watertight below-ground structure.

Date ‐ 1 October 2022
Author ‐ MAPEI
Price ‐ £0
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Farrat structural thermal break in typical concrete-to-steel connection

Structural thermal breaks: design considerations and certification

This CPD module, sponsored by Farrat, examines the realities of designing for the competing requirements of structural, thermal and fire performance through the lens of structural thermal breaks.

Date ‐ 1 July 2022
Author ‐ Farrat
Price ‐ £0
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Deflection analysis of floor slab

Industry CPD: Calculating cracking deformation in concrete

This CPD module, sponsored by Buildsoft, explores the benefits of advanced structural analysis software when calculating cracked deflections of reinforced concrete beams and floor slabs.

Date ‐ 1 June 2022
Author ‐ BuildSoft
Price ‐ £0

Technical

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Cantilever walkway collapse at block of flats

Structural safety of cantilever structures

This article aims to identify gaps in Eurocode and IStructE guidance, and make recommendations on additional considerations that engineers should take into account when designing or assessing cantilever structures.

Date ‐ 14 November 2022
Author ‐ Keith Lam
Price ‐ £9
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Safe erection of steel structures

This primer from Allan Mann presents an introduction to the practicalities and demands of erecting steel structures.

Date ‐ 8 September 2022
Author ‐ Allan Mann
Price ‐ £9
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Analysis of masonry viaduct under load

A simple analytical study of masonry viaducts

This article proposes a new, simplified model of behaviour for masonry viaducts, discussing its limitations and implications for understanding the sources of observed damage.

Date ‐ 1 June 2022
Author ‐ Bill Harvey and Edward Maunder
Price ‐ £9

Professional guidance

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Quote and graphic from Birketts professional guidance article

The Building Safety Act: what does it mean for liability and indemnity insurance?

Stefan Harris-Wright summarises the liability implications for UK structural engineers of changes brought about by the Building Safety Act.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ Stefan Harris-Wright
Price ‐ £0
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Front cover of the Institution's Code of Conduct

Appointment under the Party Wall Act

Kevin Wright clarifies the responsibilities of IStructE members under the Code of Conduct if accepting an appointment relating to party wall matters.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ Kevin Wright
Price ‐ £9
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Women in court reading from papers

Acting as an expert witness: Working in the UK

In the second of a two-part article, Nick Russell advises how to act as an expert witness and describes the specific Civil Procedure Rules that apply when working in the UK.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ Nick Russell
Price ‐ £9

Features

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Yorkton Workshops existing steel frame was analysed and grade established

Reducing embodied carbon on a smaller scale

Helena Russell reports on two award-winning projects from small structural engineering practices that demonstrate the impact thoughtful design can have on a building's embodied carbon score.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ Helena Russell
Price ‐ £9
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Black and white photo of Matt Byatt Institution President 2023

President's Inaugural Address: The nature and nurture of a career in structural engineering

Incoming Institution President, Matt Byatt, reflects on his route into the structural engineering profession and shares his passion for a better safety culture and climate action.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ Matt Byatt
Price ‐ £9
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View of Christchurch Town Hall auditorium

Towards a holistic performance-based design approach

Miguel Martinez-Paneda describes current performance-based design uses, and advocates the potential for its wider application in a holistic approach.

Date ‐ 3 January 2023
Author ‐ Miguel Martinez-Paneda
Price ‐ £9

Project focus

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Image of project in Uganda using a timber roof truss for hipped end

Case study: Building less and building clever

This short case study by Wakalile Martin describes a small project in Mbale district, Uganda, that challenged the client's brief to build more efficiently.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ Wakalile Martin
Price ‐ £9
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Extract from record drawings showing level of detail provided on Church Lane project

Renovation not demolition: a case study of saving carbon on a private residence

Ralph Pelly explores the benefits of renovating a 1960s residential property and utilising, rather than demolishing, the existing structure.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ Ralph Pelly
Price ‐ £9
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Revit model of Dubai Sunshades at Expo 2020

Engineering pivoting shade structures for the Dubai Expo

This article focuses on the engineering of pivoting sunshade structures for the Dubai Expo 2020, which won a Structural Award 2022.

Date ‐ 3 January 2023
Author ‐ Alex Lynes
Price ‐ £9

Opinion

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Verulam pen

Verulam (readers' letters – February 2023)

This month's letters feature comments about roof imposed loading, wind load consistency and adapting car parks for electric vehicles.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ Various
Price ‐ £9
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Floods in Pakistan in 2022 showing people wading through flood water

Viewpoint: Business as usual?

In a thought-provoking opinion piece, Mike Bather argues that the profession has a moral responsibility to thoughtfully reconsider its approach to business in the face of worsening climate breakdown – and to do this straight away.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ Mike Bather
Price ‐ £9
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Finite element analysis for building assessment book cover

Book review: Finite element analysis for building assessment

David Rafferty reviews an ambitious book that covers the basics of finite element methods through to advanced processes.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ David Rafferty
Price ‐ £0

At the back

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Sketch of staircase design and detailing submitted

The Drawing Board (February 2023)

This month, Ron Slade has selected a sketch by Becky Miller as the winner of The Drawing Board.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ Becky Miller
Price ‐ £9
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Finite element model of the specimen used in experiment

Spotlight on Structures (February 2023)

Jason Ingham, Associate Editor for Structures , has selected a paper that investigates the experimental and numerical pull-out behaviour of stud groups embedded in concrete as the Featured Article for Volume 47.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ £0
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Pen and diary

Diary dates (February 2023)

A round-up of events at Institution HQ and around the regional groups.

Date ‐ 1 February 2023
Author ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ £0