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Ramsey A.,Engineering Council
Structural Engineer | Year: 2010

An important aspect of grandstand design is ensuring that crowd loading cannot cause excessive dynamic motion of the structure, resulting in discomfort or panic in the crowd. The new assessment method is a significant development for engineers engaged in the assessment of grandstand dynamic behavior. This paper discusses the basis of the new method and provides design charts to assist in its practical implementation. The Recommendations highlight the fact that there can be significant differences between predicted natural frequencies and those subsequently obtained from testing. Recently published Recommendations have introduced a new analysis method for predicting vibration levels that can be generated by crowds of people in a grandstand, taking account of the effects of human-structure interaction. The design charts can readily be used to consider the effect of changes in natural frequency and modal mass ratio on the likely acceleration levels.

Bogle D.,Engineering Council
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Forensic Engineering | Year: 2011

Risk permeates the work of all engineers. This briefing describes the Engineering Council's new guidance for engineers on risk and the thinking behind its development. The guidance on risk was published in March 2011. It comprises a set of six principles, each with supporting statements and exemplars to guide and motivate professional engineers and technicians in identifying, assessing, managing and communicating about risk. The material is generic and profession-wide, and was developed by bringing together expert thinking from across the profession, including civil engineering. It has been welcomed as a milestone in the development of the profession.

Clarke B.,University of Leeds | Prichard J.,Engineering Council
Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Management, Procurement and Law | Year: 2013

Most engineers start their career by completing an accredited degree. The accreditation process is an internationally recognised fully audited process that ensures that the learning outcomes of an accredited engineering degree meet the needs of industry. The process is managed by the professional institutions under licence from the Engineering Council. Employers are engaged in setting the learning outcomes and in the auditing process; academics are involved in designing the programmes and in the auditing process; and students are provided with a clear route to achieve the educational base necessary to become a professional engineer. There are a number of accredited routes to complete the educational base including higher education, workplace education or a combination of both.

Seddon D.,Engineering Council | Lock D.,Kingston University
Engineering Education 2010: Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers, EE 2010 | Year: 2010

In 1997, the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status was raised to a Masters Degree or equivalent. This has increased the pressure to develop a range of different provision at this level as alternatives to full-time education. Since 2006, the Engineering Council has worked with a number of universities and professional engineering institutions (PEIs) to develop flexible MSc Professional Engineering programmes as pathways to professional qualification. The model of provision adopted integrates the work-based development of Masters level knowledge and understanding with the development of the skills and competence required for CEng status. This paper presents the findings of the interim evaluation of the Gateways to the Profession project, initially funded by the then Department of Education and Science (DfES), and includes feedback from each stakeholder group through questionnaires and interviews. Overall, the responses have been positive and appear to confirm a high level of interest in this type of flexible pathway, as well as highlighting a number of areas that merit further investigation. Whilst the academic content and relevance of the programme is critical to all stakeholders, the quality assurance and administrative infrastructure have proved to be equally important, since the development of documentation that would be acceptable to a range of professional and academic organisations and enable professional accreditation at some point in the future is pivotal for the overall success of the programme. © 2009 Authors.

Buildings should be green and energy-efficient. Vapor intrusion is the biggest risk to building decay. Engineering challenges in estimating construction and replacement costs remain elusive. And architects and engineers at the largest institutional banks, pension funds, and investment firms are eager to understand the inventions and innovations that will undergird a better-built environment. These were the central takeaways from a recent meeting of the Architectural and Engineering Council of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM), hosted at the MIT Center for Real Estate (CRE). NAREIM is a national organization dedicated to studying best practices for the built environment, reducing risk for stakeholders, and establishing effective and productive relationships with developers. The Architecture and Engineering session hosted at MIT focused on the technical and strategic details of development and redevelopment. “This group is keenly focused on the future of the built environment. Bringing together NAREIM members with MIT researchers resulted in a fascinating and productive exchange,” said Andrea Chegut, the CRE research scientist who organized the conference for MIT. “The MIT academics learned from this group of architects and engineers responsible for active projects around the world, and participants gained a window into cutting-edge research at MIT with the potential to influence the industry.” NAREIM members manage investment capital on behalf of third-party investors in commercial real estate assets such as office, retail, multi-family, industrial, and hotels. According to the NAREIM website, its members collectively manage over a trillion dollars of investments assets. "There is a broad range of forces, ranging from global capital to new technologies and behaviors of millions of people who use, share, and invest in the built environment, that are pushing us to re-think what our industry can and should do,” said Gunnar Branson, president and CEO of NAREIM. “We have no choice but to challenge assumptions, understand potential future scenarios, and build better strategies. It would be difficult to imagine a more appropriate setting and better experts to help real estate leaders uncover the future of their industry than the MIT Center for Real Estate." “We tried to offer a program that showed how engineering, design, and finance partnerships can generate buildings that are more sustainable, cost-effective, and valuable over their full lifecycle,” Chegut said. “It was wonderful to offer this forum for NAREIM members to come together to discuss the future of the industry. We’d love to host NAREIM at MIT again.”

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