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In The Defence of Brutalism

July 15, 2016 1

As the joke goes at Universities, the Civil Engineering building is always the ugliest. For the University of Glasgow, this is the Rankine Building. A monstrous slab of brutalist concrete towering out of the…Read More

IABSE Future of Design London 2015

August 13, 2015

What is there to say about the Future of Design conferences that hasn’t been said before? Tom has reviewed previous conferences with aplomb and we (as the organising committee for FoD London 2015) are…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

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

The UK Engineering Skills Shortage

June 3, 2015 2

Considering it can be such an exciting career – for instance, where else could you put your stamp permanently on an area in the form of a new bridge, dam or skyscraper – there seems to be a consistent shortage of…Read More

IABSE Future of Design North 2015

January 22, 2015 2

I can’t tell you how excited I am that tickets for the IABSE Future of Design North 2015 conference are now selling quickly. And sell they should! Some of the most eminent structural engineers and…Read More

The London Skyline

December 31, 2014

It’s quite interesting to see how rapidly London has grown upwards, and how late, comparatively, we were to start doing so. In fact, there are now over 200 towers over 20 storeys high proposed for the city- so…Read More

Building A Wind Farm

December 26, 2014

The beauty of a completed wind farm, with its streamlined turbines standing tall and proud, often belies the challenges and delicate balancing act involved in ensuring the design and construction runs…Read More

Warm Offices – Cold Sites

November 6, 2014

Civil Engineering? Ah. Yes. Well. I suppose it is great fun, and brings in a living for all those structural and civil engineers who dream the projects up while they are sat in their nice warm offices. But what about us poor guys…Read More

Budding Brunels

June 3, 2014 1

Budding Brunels is a schools engagement programme run by the Construction Youth Trust charity aimed at informing and inspiring young people from…Read More