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IKEA Engineering

April 14, 2014 1

Over the last year I’ve been learning some real practical engineering lessons from the most unlikely of sources: my IKEA Austmarka wardrobe. Brought from that nightmarish trip, which has become…Read More

Fermi Estimates Preliminary Design

February 23, 2014 4

Enrico Fermi was a physicist who was renowned for making good approximations with no actual data, and a Fermi estimate is a method for making a ball-park guess that might actually be right…Read More

Flooding the Return Period

January 9, 2014 5

What does finding someone who shares your birthday, and a 1:100 storm have in common? They both happen more often than you’d expect. In fact, once there are 23 people in a room, you’ve got…Read More

The Visual Guide to the Eurocodes

September 2, 2013 1

The best I can manage is a recommendation: The Visual Guide to the Eurocodes Supporting Documentation. This free (to CIS subscribers) PDF not only lists, but includes weblinks…Read More

reddit: Ask Engineers

July 1, 2013

For each day of this week I’ll pick-up, promote and try to answer a reddit engineering question from the /r/AskEngineers subreddit. If you think you know the answer, follow the link and share your 2 cents (or pence…).Read More

5 Books on Every Engineer’s Desk

June 24, 2013 12

Engineers like books. Having your own private desk-library is a given for any consultant; usually stocked with tomes artificially thickened with the detritus of cryptic post-it notes, and folded-in print-outs. Despite their…Read More

Fundamentals: Plane Stress and Strain

May 20, 2013 1

What do Daniel Shenton and Civil Engineers have in common? They both believe that the world is flat. In the case of Mr Shenton, it’s because he’s belligerently antiquated; but for engineers it’s because working in two…Read More

Even More Track Structure Interaction

March 21, 2013 4

Since the 1950s we’ve been using continuously welded rail in the UK, and with the introduction of the Eurocode we’re finally being made to consider the effect this has on our structures. If you want a reminder take…Read More

More Track, Structure and Interaction

November 29, 2012 4

As with all something/something-interaction models, the interactors themselves are secondary. As such, the track itself can be modelled as a single line representing all the rails on the structure, and all the furniture…Read More

Stack Exchange for Civil Engineers

November 15, 2012 5

Stack Exchange is a collection of Question and Answer sites with 91 subjects (at present) ranging from Photography to Role Playing Games. From it’s origins as a programming haven the idea has grown: with just under…Read More