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More Engineering with Excel

May 14, 2016 4

The one thing that unites all engineers across the globe is a love of Excel. In fact, it’s more than a love, it’s an obsession- the things I’ve seen some engineers achieve with Excel…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

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

Maths In The Head

July 13, 2014 1

It turns out there is one thing that everyone knows about engineers: We Do Maths. I’ve lost count of the amount of times friends have simply deferred any arthritic to my good-self because “you’re an…Read More

Visualising Your Engineering Niche

May 13, 2014 4

While the math and the software always came fairly easy to me, it wasn’t long into my career that I noticed something was wrong- I didn’t like design. It came to me clearly and soundly. Whenever…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

Starting Out With Being Brunel

October 25, 2013 1

As I’m sure some of you have sussed, the article that should have been here on Monday this week is taking considerably longer than usual. Reluctant as I am to skip a week or rush it through; I’ve, instead, been … 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

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