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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Being Brunel For Three Years

July 30, 2015 3

I’ve been Being Brunel for three years, today. This is the 157th unwarranted opinion I’ve sent out into the virtual wilderness about my chosen profession. There’s something oddly disconcerting about the coincidences…Read More

Engineering Is Art: 300 – 349

July 29, 2015 3

It seems apt that the official Being Brunel mad-rush season comes to an with this post- as the last-push of daily doubles to get #EngineeringIsArt back on target reaches its head. After today we return to regular, weekly…Read More

Engaging the Next Generation? Talk.

July 28, 2015 3

I was lucky enough to be invited by Alison Watson of Class of Your Own to give a presentation with a different audience than my usual. I’d be talking to a room full of teachers and industry leaders rather than my…Read More


July 27, 2015 3

I won* the #ILoveCivilEngineering competition! I’m a bit late reporting on this, but in my defence I had been waiting for a go-ahead that never came. (*) I also didn’t win precisely, my python-esq entry got the creativity accolade, which … Read More

Genetic Algorithms for Engineering

July 24, 2015 1

Machine learning is the topic of the hour; so in an attempt to stay relevant I thought I’d join in and share some of my own experience. Genetic algorithms are a ‘learning’ approach that can be used to find…Read More

Mapping the Eurocodes

July 23, 2015 8

Have you ever wondered why the Eurocodes are so damn annoying to use? I know I have. On my litany of things I hate about the Eurocodes are the way it always feels like you need to get 25 documents together before…Read More

Future of Design North 2015: Part 2

July 20, 2015

If you haven’t heard of the IABSE Future of Design events (then you should at least read the first post of this two-parter)- they’re a series of conferences aimed at celebrating and sharing the best of (structural) design. This year … Read More

Cycling London: Our Responsibility

July 17, 2015 3

For the last few months I’ve been shortening my life expectancy by cycling to work, in London; if the busses don’t get you- the nitrogen will. I’m no stranger to commuting by bike- however city cycling, and capital cycling especially, is a different…Read More

Getting Chartered: The Last 5%

July 16, 2015

If you’re working in a design office (like me), then you will likely have heard the old adage that it’s the last 5% of the work that takes 90% of the time. Achieving chartered status with the Institution of Civil…Read More

Terrible People

July 15, 2015 2

Just in case you missed me mentioning it last time- Engineering has its own (beta) Stack Exchange. One thing I want to dwell on, however, is an incident that happened while the site was still incubating in its own…Read More