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Metric Driven Design

June 30, 2016

Metrics; measurements with purpose. It’s a term I’d long left associated with those business managers that trade buzzwords with each other; inheriting, instead, the engineer’s standard unit- a deliverable. And…Read More

IKEA On Prefabrication

May 21, 2015 1

My better half and I have just brought a house. And like most couples, it seems, decided to test our relationship by spending seven hours in those circles of hell known as IKEA. As this is a blog about engineering, I won’t dwell…Read More

An Engineering Portfolio

January 16, 2015

As someone who is forever saying we should do more to share our work with the public; I was a little embarrassed to realise that the idea of a portfolio had never crossed my mind. It’s a simple thing; and so much…Read More

Saving Brunel’s Other Bridge

January 5, 2015

Did you know that most important Brunel (of Being Brunel fame) bridge in Bristol lays abandoned; rotting away along the side of a canal? Although he wasn’t born there- they city owes a lot of his engineering efforts, and…Read More

Contracting Is Boring

December 16, 2013 2

I’ve been finding it hard to ignore a certain pattern that persists between the years: The consultant always wins (especially if he works for Arup). However whilst the male/female divide over the last ten years of victors has been…Read More

Five Ways to Annoy Contractors

October 11, 2012 6

It is surprisingly easy, sitting in the office, to forget that the bunch of design calculations and drawings you’ve been pondering over all morning will one day have to be built by someone. Consideration of constructibility is a CDM requirement … Read More

Services Buried

September 6, 2012 4

In my short experience as an engineer I think that few things change as much between design and as-built as the route of new buried services across existing. As a designer your first hint of what is…Read More