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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

Terry Pratchett

March 16, 2015 5

I doubt it’ll come as a surprise to anyone (what with the title of the post an’ all), but I’m a fairly massive Terry Pratchett fan- in fact, for those of you who have been paying attention these last few years, there’s…Read More

Car Insurance, Risk And Engineers

March 3, 2015 3

Another year, another artificially inflated car insurance quote, another annoying evening spent searching out a reasonable premium. But this year there was a silver lining to my annual frustration; I…Read More

Engineering The Tallest Snowman

December 24, 2014

It’s that most magical time of the year (again), and what better way to celebrate, than a bit of seasonal engineering? Over the last few years I’ve already discussed the miraculous building loading that is Santa Claus and…Read More

Engineering Happiness

September 19, 2014 2

The ICE has commissioned a music video. And you know what- it’s pretty damn amazing. Honestly; I’m not joking. I’ve known that a video involving engineers dancing had been in the pipeline for a while, and frankly…Read More

Which IFC Are You?

May 8, 2014 1

Thanks to the industry-wide adoption of BIM, acronyms such as IFC have entered the common vernacular. As we move towards a future of open collaboration between all…Read More

Blogging For Engineers

April 25, 2014 7

professionals blogging within the construction industry has become enough of a thing for there to be paid courses on the subject. This can only be a good thing. As I am a…Read More

Civil Engineering Animals

March 31, 2014 5

Today I’m delving into this thorny issue, which threatens to strike at the very heart of the industry: What are the top 5 Civil Engineering animals? If termites had any of the required anatomy , they would laugh with scorn at…Read More

Engineering Loop-The-Loop Highways

January 23, 2014

Out of all my virtual impressions of fatal transportation- racing around a vertical loop remains the most lasting. As and when the time comes that someone stupidly puts me in charge of the world, let me assure…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