So this website disappeared for a while, as you may have noticed. In July 2013 I moved to Australia, to the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne - see me here. It's been a very busy time since then, and the website got lost in the mix. I'm really pleased to have sorted it out now, and look forward to posting regular updates on all things engineering, bridges, and teaching, as in the past. I also moved host to allow for unlimited bandwidth, and so this means I can continue to share my lecture notes. In the past I had to stop this because of massive download traffic! Here's a pic of the West Gate Bridge - probably the most famous bridge around Melbourne. In a way, this is why I'm here!
Analysing structures without recourse to numbers is vital for engineers to have a basic appreciation of structural behaviour, and to help identify errors in computer input from the output. Dr David Brohn (New Paradigm Solutions and author of Understanding Structural Analysis) has been an important figure in this field since the late 70s and his important benchmark tests of structural understanding. As part of an e-Training course for the Institution of Structural Engineers, Dr Brohn has developed a video series to teach qualitative analysis. The first three of these are freely available and are very useful:
Peter Rice the famous and brilliant Irish engineer died 20 years ago this year. To celebrate his significant contribution to the global profession of structural engineering, a few new publications/broadcasts have been released. These are a must read/watch/listen for any structural engineer, but especially Irish students of structural engineering!
1. Traces of Peter RiceArup have produced a fascinating documentary on his work. The film examines Peter's approach to engineering and to design and shows how his way of working broadened the horizons for both engineers and architects in his lifetime, a legacy that is still relevant today.
2. Traces of Peter Rice (book)To accompany the Arup exhibition, this book is a gathering of essays in tribute to the life and achievements of a remarkable Irish- born structural engineer Peter Rice (1935-1992), 'perhaps the most influential of the 20th century'. It can be got here: http://www.amazon.com/Traces-Peter-Rice-Kevin-Barry/dp/1843513862.
3. Remembering Peter RiceThe RTE Radio 1 Arts Tonight documentary can be listed to here. It features a range of well-known architects, but unfortunately, no engineer.
4. Arup Exhibition - Traces of Peter RiceThe exhibition will close in London on 5 April and begin touring France and Ireland, as follows:
The exhibition will tour to the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris from the 14 May 2013 until the 28 June 2013 and then to the Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin between 10 October 2013 and 23 December 2013.The website is here: http://www.arup.com/Home/News/Events_and_exhibitions/Exhibition_Spaces.aspx
5. Timeline of Peter Rice projectsFinally, a wonderful timeline of Peter Rice's projects is available (taken from here):
Here's an amazing false colour image of a micro crack in steel, viewed through an electron microscope. Through repeated load cycles such cracks get bigger and bigger with the bulb of plastic material at the crack tip getting larger and larger. The resulting stress intensification around the crack causes more plasticity accentuating the process. If the number of cycles is large enough at a particular stress range, the specimen can eventually fail then in fatigue.
Well the Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland (BCRI) conference, held on 6/7 September 2012, and co-chaired by myself and Dr Alan O'Connor of Trinity College Dublin seemed to go very well. There has been very positive feedback and some very good suggestions for future events. I won the Young Researcher Award (from an independent panel of course!), and it was jointly award to Dr Jamie Goggins of NUI Galway. The ‘Young Researcher Award’ was established by the BCRI conference to recognise the work of researchers who are aged less than 35 years and who have made substantial contribution to knowledge in the field; have achieved international esteem; and have developed an independent research career. It is the only award of its kind on the island of Ireland and this year was presented for the first time. Dublin Institute of Technology is very pleased with this (as am I!) and it made the home page of the website on 18 September 2012 (see below). For more information see the conference website www.bcri.ie and the DIT news page for the item here.