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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Engineering with Excel

August 30, 2012 4

Considering how ubiquitous the Office suite is, however, it is not that surprising that for (relatively) simple calculations, repetitive design methods and result processing most engineers turn to Excel. Despite how much it…Read More

Designing With Your Thumb

August 23, 2012

Not so long ago the aim of structural analysis was to develop simple, elegant, and reliable methods of design. The idea of splitting a member into thousands of tiny elements and calculating their individual behaviours…Read More

But Why Tom, Why?

August 16, 2012 3

A question that I get asked, with depressing frequency, is why I became a Civil Engineer. In a strange way, it’s a bit of a veiled insult; normally the question is ‘how’, not ‘why’. It suggests that the reasons for wanting to…Read More

The Last of the Students

August 9, 2012 4

Civil Engineering students are down by 12.1%, significantly more than the national average. The article blames everything from lack of awareness to reduced overseas interest. It’s hard to see how people did not see this…Read More

Track, Structure and Interaction

August 2, 2012 4

Track Structure Interaction (TSI to it’s friends) is the latest of a series of unfortunate analyses that I have been subjected to following the adoption of the Eurocodes. The culprit behind this new addition is the adoption…Read More