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The Structural Engineer

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Industry CPD

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Parametric script

Industry CPD: Parametric design and visual scripting

This CPD module, sponsored by SCIA, explores the productivity benefits that structural engineers could gain by adopting a parametric approach to design.

Date ‐ 1 March 2022
Author ‐ SCIA
Price ‐ £0
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Back to basics in troubled times – your notification obligations to your insurer

This CPD module, sponsored by Griffiths & Armour, offers guidance to engineers on when they should notify their professional indemnity insurers about potential claims on their policy.

Date ‐ 1 February 2022
Author ‐ Griffiths & Armour
Price ‐ £0
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<h4>Industry CPD: Thermal bridging and structural thermal breaks</h4>

Industry CPD: Thermal bridging and structural thermal breaks

The CPD module, sponsored by Farrat, discusses the use of structural thermal breaks to reduce energy transfer and loss between structurally loaded building details.

Date ‐ 5 July 2021
Author ‐ Farrat
Price ‐ £0

Technical

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Bearing support detail for precast planks

Concrete-encased steel frames, 1900–70: considerations in their assessment and refurbishment

This paper aims to provide some guidance on the unusual characteristics of concrete-encased steel-framed buildings.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ Nicholas Bill
Price ‐ £9
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PV- array

A guide to assessing existing roofs for the addition of solar panels

This article summarises guidance developed by Hampshire County Council for the assessment of roofs in order to install photovoltaic panels.

Date ‐ 1 April 2022
Author ‐ Jonathan Prew
Price ‐ £9
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Carbon payback period

Balancing embodied and operational carbon in building envelope design

This article introduces the idea of a ‘carbon payback period’ as a metric for assessing the net carbon emissions of design decisions whose scope spans both the embodied and operational carbon.

Date ‐ 1 March 2022
Author ‐ Will Wild
Price ‐ £9

Professional guidance

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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
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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
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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

Features

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Full scale shear wall test

Optimising the structural design of modular housing by combining timber and lightweight steel framin

Smail Kechidi describes his research into cold-formed steel-framed shear walls sheathed in timber, which won the Institution’s Research into Practice essay competition in 2021.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ Smail Kechidi
Price ‐ £9
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<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
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St Philips Church timber frame

Learning from the feedback loop: case studies in timber

Bola Ogunmefun describes two example projects which demonstrate how the art of asking questions and building on past knowledge – creating a feedback loop – has helped deliver interesting timber structures for clients.

Date ‐ 1 March 2022
Author ‐ Bola Ogunmefun
Price ‐ £9

Project focus

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3D model view of typical canopy rib connection to back of stand

Design and construction of the Compton and Edrich stands, Lord’s Cricket Ground redevelopment

This paper describes the key design and construction challenges of the Compton and Edrich stands – two striking additions to Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ Fergus McCormick, Tim Sullivan, Iain Hill, Paul Eddleston, Mick Slack, Rajan Mistry
Price ‐ £9
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Terminus building interior

Terminus, Vancouver Island: solving a mass timber challenge in a seismic region

This article describes the design and construction of a five-storey commercial building featuring a novel steel buckling-restrained brace lateral system framed within its mass timber superstructure.

Date ‐ 1 April 2022
Author ‐ Brendan Fitzgerald, Ilana Danzig, Ross Jardine, Mehrdad Jahangiri
Price ‐ £9
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SAAR-interchange

An incrementally launched ramp for the SAAR Interchange in Bahrain

This paper gives an overview of the detailed design of the SAAR Interchange in Bahrain, and discusses particular aspects of the construction method employed in greater depth.

Date ‐ 1 March 2022
Author ‐ Francesco Presta, Joe Turner and Kashif Rasheed
Price ‐ £9

Opinion

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<h4>Verulam (readers' letters - May 2022)</h4>

Verulam (readers' letters - May 2022)

This month's letters discuss the assessment of roofs for solar panels, computer modelling of structures, and carbon savings.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Price ‐ £9
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Book review

Book review: Why do buildings collapse in earthquakes?

The key value of this book is in reminding readers of the non-technical qualities, such as cultural sensitivity and communication skills, that seismic safety advocates must embody, concludes Damian Grant.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ Damian Grant
Price ‐ £0
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Could sustainability be advanced through simplification of codes of practice?

Alasdair Beal sets out his views on how changes to codes of practice could enable engineers to achieve more efficient designs with lower embodied carbon.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ Alasdair Beal
Price ‐ £9

At the back

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Spotlight on Structures (May 2022)

Associate Editor, Jason Ingham, has selected a review article on machine learning for structural engineering as the ‘Featured Article’ from this issue. The article will be available free of charge for six months.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ The Institution of Structural Engineers
Price ‐ £0
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<h4>Diary dates (May 2022)</h4>

Diary dates (May 2022)

A roundup of events at Institution HQ and around the regional groups.

Date ‐ 3 May 2022
Author ‐ various
Price ‐ £0
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<h4>The Drawing Board (April 2022)</h4>

The Drawing Board (April 2022)

This month, Ron Slade has selected a sketch by Jemima Clifford, a Graduate Engineer at Evolve. Jemima receives an e-book of her choice from the Institution bookshop.

Date ‐ 1 April 2022
Author ‐ Ron Slade
Price ‐ £9