Civil

‘Engineering contributions to humanity through the ages and challenges for 2050’May 20, 2019

The Institution of Structural Engineers' Joe Kindregan says today's engineers need a more holistic approach to meet the challenges of climate change, globalisation and urbanisation, and the leadership expectations of tomorrow’s engineers will be significant and there will be less emphasis on technical skills and a stronger focus on soft skills
Civil

Improvements to Belfast-Derry road: An overviewMay 20, 2019

The ‘Regional Development Strategy 2025’ and the supporting ‘Regional Transportation Plan for Northern Ireland 2002-2012’ set out the vision for the spatial growth of Northern Ireland and the need for this to be supported by a fit for-purpose strategic road network, writes David Porter
Elec

Factors affecting fire safety in heritage buildings: An analysisMay 20, 2019

The recent fire at Notre Dame in Paris has, once again, turned the spotlight on how susceptible heritage buildings are to fire and recent analysis has indicated that most of the devastating fires that have occurred in historical buildings occurred during restoration works, through faulty electrical systems or through adverse weather events, writes Pat Hunt
Elec

Notre Dame: Medieval stonemasons built vaulted ceilings to protect against firesMay 20, 2019

The challenge of restoring Notre Dame after the fire in April presents an opportunity to unravel the techniques of the time, says Professor David Wendland, chair of construction history at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg in Germany, who recently deduced how intricate, late Gothic vaults were constructed
Civil

Assigned assessment of contaminated land risksMay 20, 2019

One of the main risks and misconceptions in our industry is the thought process that if providing radon protection to a development you are also providing protection against all other ground gas and vapour risks, which isn’t necessarily the case, writes Michael Sweeney
Civil

Glass skyscrapers: A great environmental folly that could have been avoidedMay 20, 2019

As part of my research into sustainable architecture, I have examined the use of glass in buildings throughout history, and if architects had paid more attention to the difficulties of building with glass, the great environmental damage wrought by modern glass skyscrapers could have been avoided, writes Henrik Schoenefeldt

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