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Infamous Engineering Structures

October 7, 2013 8

It seems apt this week, therefore, to discuss some engineering structures that live in infamy; noteworthy in their failure rather than their success. Ronan Point (1968) Younger engineers may not…Read More

Civil Engineering Photos: Part 2

August 12, 2013

I thought I’d get together a second part to the Photographic Engineering post from earlier this year, with some more fantastic Civil Engineering photos. Civil Engineer’s Dream: Who…Read More

Elegant Design in Civil Engineering

July 15, 2013 7

So what is elegant design? There’s a notion in the father of all engineering; Mathematical Beauty. It’s the aesthetic pleasure derived from a solution; beauty in a method. Like farther, like 2/3rds son, Civil Engineering…Read More

Santa Loading: Code of Practice

December 20, 2012 7

Santa Loading is an abnormal load combination that occurs annually in the majority of Christian countries. It is thought to be caused by the arrival and departure of Farther Christmas. This Accepted Code of Practice…Read More

Failing the Factor of Safety

September 27, 2012 8

I thought I’d give this engineering hypothetical a shot: “How much needs go wrong before the factor of safety runs out, and a structure collapses?” Before we start, however, let me draw your attention to the…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