The Institution of Structural Engineers has published a new, fully revised edition of Temporary demountable structures: Guidance on procurement design and use, providing current and essential information for Event Organisers, Venue Owners, Local Authorities, Contractors and Suppliers responsible for the safe construction of temporary structures – including stages, grandstands, hospitality units, fencing, barriers and fabric structures of all sizes.
The 3rd edition (2007) was identified as a core reference requirement by LOCOG for London’s 2012 Olympic Games; and this new edition draws on the experiences and lessons learned from the project – where temporary structures were used on an unprecedented scale.
Supported by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, the latest edition embraces the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and contains extensive reference to current Codes/Standards including the Eurocodes. The principles described are likely to be appropriate for projects undertaken throughout the world.
The Sports Grounds Safety Authority is pleased to have contributed to the development of the guidance.
The publication is priced £39 for Institution members and £69 for non-members and is now available to buy from The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Bookshop.
Structural Engineering Art and Approximation
This A4 colour, highly illustrated book by Hugh Morrison contains approximate structural calculation methods for engineers and architects.
Hugh is an experienced engineer who has worked on a wide range of structures; from spacecraft to stadia; from glass staircases to residential properties. He maintains a practice in the UK, never having moved fully from the design office to the boardroom. Many of the examples in this book are projects on which he has been involved in his 30 year career.
For easy reference and assimilation the book is broken down into categories from simple beams to more complex examples. With numerous figures and photographs it closely relates theory to real structures.
Engineering Structures is mostly formally taught in a lecture room with little time devoted to real examples. On graduation an engineer has to cope with turning this eagerly acquired knowledge into reality.
To make sense of this a designer needs to be able to test their ideas with a simple set of tools which involve little more than pen, paper and calculator. Architects often wonder if there is an easier way to evaluate alternative structural solutions in their designs.