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‘There is more gold in a tonne of mobile phones than a tonne of gold ore’

Timber differentiates itself from other building materials in that it can sequester up to 1.6 tonnes of CO2 per m3 of timber, which can be locked up within structural elements. However this value is a theoretical maximum and in practice the sequestered value depends on the end-of-life scenario of the element. If we landfill all our timber buildings at end-of-life, then all the CO2 will be released and we are simply delaying climate change.

One current area of research within P&M’s Climate Action Group is how we can incorporate circular economy principles within everyday practice, and particularly the adaptability and deconstruction of structures, allowing building elements to be easily recovered and re-used. 
Using timber we need to view structural elements as carbon stocks that can be banked within buildings. This requires a shift in our mindset - we must design buildings now to be easily re-used in the future. 
I hope you enjoyed the takeover and hopefully there’s lots of food for thought. Please get in contact if you’d like to discuss climate action and our mass timber research within P&M. 
climateaction@pricemyers.com 
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#EngineerTakeover ‘There is more gold in a tonne of mobile phones than a tonne of gold ore’ Timber differentiates itself from other building materials in that it can sequester up to 1.6 tonnes of CO2 per m3 of timber, which can be locked up within structural elements. However this value is a theoretical maximum and in practice the sequestered value depends on the end-of-life scenario of the element. If we landfill all our timber buildings at end-of-life, then all the CO2 will be released and we are simply delaying climate change. One current area of research within P&M’s Climate Action Group is how we can incorporate circular economy principles within everyday practice, and particularly the adaptability and deconstruction of structures, allowing building elements to be easily recovered and re-used. Using timber we need to view structural elements as carbon stocks that can be banked within buildings. This requires a shift in our mindset - we must design buildings now to be easily re-used in the future. I hope you enjoyed the takeover and hopefully there’s lots of food for thought. Please get in contact if you’d like to discuss climate action and our mass timber research within P&M. climateaction@pricemyers.com @arty_coates . . . #PriceandMyersClimateActionGroup #climatemergency #climatecrisis #climateemergencydeclaration #engineersdeclare #architectsdeclare #constructiondeclare #timber #masstimber - 25 days ago

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#EngineerTakeover One of the most eye-catching recent publications is the C40 report on The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5oC World which highlights the amount of ‘material switching’ required to achieve the 1.5oc limits by 2030. The report’s research has found that 70% of commercial buildings need to be switched to mass timber from the predominant steel and concrete framing options. Whilst in Oregon, I visited the new Adidas North America HQ in Portland which was on site. The new development included two new five and three storey mass timber buildings. As well as the carbon and construction benefits of using mass timber, research has shown that using exposed mass timber within working environments can increase productivity and well-being. There are many different typologies for mass timber within the commercial environment and the typical preconception that you can’t get mass timber to fit a commercial grid has been challenged: spans exceeding 9.0m are very much achievable. Our Climate Action Group members are researching efficient commercial typologies using mass timber, as opposed to steel and concrete-framed structures, and are looking to partner with commercial developers and designers within Europe who want to add something like this to their portfolio. @arty_coates
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@leverarchitecture #timber #masstimber #PriceandMyersClimateActionGroup #climatemergency #climatecrisis #climateemergencydeclaration #engineersdeclare #architectsdeclare #constructiondeclare

#EngineerTakeover One of the most eye-catching recent publications is the C40 report on The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5oC World which highlights the amount of ‘material switching’ required to achieve the 1.5oc limits by 2030. The report’s research has found that 70% of commercial buildings need to be switched to mass timber from the predominant steel and concrete framing options. Whilst in Oregon, I visited the new Adidas North America HQ in Portland which was on site. The new development included two new five and three storey mass timber buildings. As well as the carbon and construction benefits of using mass timber, research has shown that using exposed mass timber within working environments can increase productivity and well-being. There are many different typologies for mass timber within the commercial environment and the typical preconception that you can’t get mass timber to fit a commercial grid has been challenged: spans exceeding 9.0m are very much achievable. Our Climate Action Group members are researching efficient commercial typologies using mass timber, as opposed to steel and concrete-framed structures, and are looking to partner with commercial developers and designers within Europe who want to add something like this to their portfolio. @arty_coates . . . @leverarchitecture #timber #masstimber #PriceandMyersClimateActionGroup #climatemergency #climatecrisis #climateemergencydeclaration #engineersdeclare #architectsdeclare #constructiondeclare - 26 days ago

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Do you dream of having a home lab? Already have one? This one belongs to our instructor and mentor, Rob Riker! 
He’s taking over our IG story right now talking about it! 😍 Check it out .
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Do you dream of having a home lab? Already have one? This one belongs to our instructor and mentor, Rob Riker! He’s taking over our IG story right now talking about it! 😍 Check it out . . . #igtakeover #instagramtakeover #networkengineer #homelab #myhomelab #cisco #ciscoasafirewall #ciscoasa #configure #ccna #ccnacertification #ccie #engineertakeover - 27 days ago

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Whilst travelling through British Columbia, I visited many exciting buildings including Brock Commons Talwood House by Acton Ostry Architects. The 18-storey student residence building for the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is the first building to use the two-way spanning capability of CLT at scale. The importance of this project is unprecedented: simply put, it demonstrates that mass timber can compete with concrete for high-rise frames, and through creating a flat-soffit building allows future adaptability of spaces and services provision.
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Images: © www.naturallywood.com; Forestry Innovation Investment
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#EngineerTakeover Whilst travelling through British Columbia, I visited many exciting buildings including Brock Commons Talwood House by Acton Ostry Architects. The 18-storey student residence building for the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is the first building to use the two-way spanning capability of CLT at scale. The importance of this project is unprecedented: simply put, it demonstrates that mass timber can compete with concrete for high-rise frames, and through creating a flat-soffit building allows future adaptability of spaces and services provision. @arty_coates Images: © www.naturallywood.com; Forestry Innovation Investment . . . @universityofbc #UBC #brockcommons #vancouver #PriceandMyersClimateActionGroup #climatemergency #climatecrisis #climateemergencydeclaration #engineersdeclare #architectsdeclare #constructiondeclare #timber #masstimber #clt #crosslaminatedtimber #forestryinnovationinvestment @fastepp - 27 days ago

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In December 2018, the UK government made changes to Part B of the Approved Document: Fire Safety, disallowing the use of timber within the external wall build-up of all residential buildings above six stories. Consequently this has had a major impact on the use of mass timber within all residential projects in the UK. 
In the same month, the International Code Council (ICC) introduced changes to the International Building Code (IBC) 2021 allowing ‘all-timber’ buildings up to 18 stories, without acquiring special permission. These standards had already been adopted in Canada, and the north-western states of USA. 
The IBC changes appear to offer a codified way to design tall timber buildings in comparison to structural fire design methods in the UK. The difference is stark: two parts of the world with varying confidence in the use of timber with height. 
Within my Pai Lin Li report, I hope to compare and contrast the differing elements of the codes and building regulations and highlight perhaps what the UK industry can learn from North America, and what both need to work on to bring clarity to the structural fire design of timber and ultimately install confidence for the end users of tall timber buildings.
@arty_coates
Images: Think Wood Research Brief Mass Timber 2021
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#EngineerTakeover In December 2018, the UK government made changes to Part B of the Approved Document: Fire Safety, disallowing the use of timber within the external wall build-up of all residential buildings above six stories. Consequently this has had a major impact on the use of mass timber within all residential projects in the UK. In the same month, the International Code Council (ICC) introduced changes to the International Building Code (IBC) 2021 allowing ‘all-timber’ buildings up to 18 stories, without acquiring special permission. These standards had already been adopted in Canada, and the north-western states of USA. The IBC changes appear to offer a codified way to design tall timber buildings in comparison to structural fire design methods in the UK. The difference is stark: two parts of the world with varying confidence in the use of timber with height. Within my Pai Lin Li report, I hope to compare and contrast the differing elements of the codes and building regulations and highlight perhaps what the UK industry can learn from North America, and what both need to work on to bring clarity to the structural fire design of timber and ultimately install confidence for the end users of tall timber buildings. @arty_coates Images: Think Wood Research Brief Mass Timber 2021 . . . #PriceandMyersClimateActionGroup #climatemergency #climatecrisis #climateemergencydeclaration #engineersdeclare #architectsdeclare #constructiondeclare #timber #masstimber #PaiLinLi #PaiLinLiTravel #TravelAward2019 #grant #timber #talltimberbuildings #timberresearch #timbertechnology - 28 days ago

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In May 2019, I won the Pai Lin Li travel award 2019 from the IStructE. Aimed at studying the innovative use of a material outside the UK, I decided to travel and research the surge in tall timber buildings along the west coast of America from Vancouver to San Francisco, and to follow this up with a short, comparative trip to Norway. Whilst in Norway, I visited Mjøstårnet, designed by Voll Arkitekter with Moelven and Sweco, which is the tallest timber building in the world standing at 85m high. The corner glulam columns are 1.5m long and here’s me for comparison! @arty_coates
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#EngineerTakeover In May 2019, I won the Pai Lin Li travel award 2019 from the IStructE. Aimed at studying the innovative use of a material outside the UK, I decided to travel and research the surge in tall timber buildings along the west coast of America from Vancouver to San Francisco, and to follow this up with a short, comparative trip to Norway. Whilst in Norway, I visited Mjøstårnet, designed by Voll Arkitekter with Moelven and Sweco, which is the tallest timber building in the world standing at 85m high. The corner glulam columns are 1.5m long and here’s me for comparison! @arty_coates . . . @moelven @swecosweden #norwegianinstituteofwoodtechnology #PriceandMyersClimateActionGroup #climatemergency #climatecrisis #climateemergencydeclaration #engineersdeclare #architectsdeclare #constructiondeclare #timber #masstimber #PaiLinLi #PaiLinLiTravel #TravelAward2019 #grant #timber #talltimberbuildings #timberresearch #timbertechnology - 29 days ago

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I’m Arthur Coates, a structural engineer who will be taking over the P&M Instagram and LinkedIn channels this week! I am particularly excited by future innovative uses of timber, especially in high-rise buildings. I also head up our internal Climate Action Group whose remit is to promote climate-first design principles under the recent climate emergency declaration, such as minimising the embodied carbon of our structures. This forms a nice partnership as I will be delivering a series of posts this week about the role timber can play in achieving our wider obligations under the IPCC agreement to limit global warming to 1.5oc by 2030 and highlighting the barriers we still need to overcome as designers.
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@arty_coates #PriceandMyersClimateActionGroup #climatemergency #climatecrisis #climateemergencydeclaration #engineersdeclare #architectsdeclare #constructiondeclare #timber #masstimber #IPCC

#EngineerTakeover I’m Arthur Coates, a structural engineer who will be taking over the P&M Instagram and LinkedIn channels this week! I am particularly excited by future innovative uses of timber, especially in high-rise buildings. I also head up our internal Climate Action Group whose remit is to promote climate-first design principles under the recent climate emergency declaration, such as minimising the embodied carbon of our structures. This forms a nice partnership as I will be delivering a series of posts this week about the role timber can play in achieving our wider obligations under the IPCC agreement to limit global warming to 1.5oc by 2030 and highlighting the barriers we still need to overcome as designers. . . . @arty_coates #PriceandMyersClimateActionGroup #climatemergency #climatecrisis #climateemergencydeclaration #engineersdeclare #architectsdeclare #constructiondeclare #timber #masstimber #IPCC - 29 days ago

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Amongst the many eccentricities that friends, and those unfortunate enough to know me, are sick of hearing about; I swim in the pond in Hampstead... throughout the year with my dear friend “Bones”. After sitting in the Holly Bush one evening, putting the world to right we decided to embark on what would become a big part of our lives; our “seventh degree of freedom” (see previous post). Walking across the Heath at dawn, looking out over London, there’s a haze over the city as it takes its first puff on the morning cigarette. I ask Bones “what do you feel when you see a skyline scattered with tower cranes”; the response, one of optimism, the prospect of a city developing and booming, a city raising its ceiling and reaching new levels. However in times of global warming issues and awareness of the consequences of heavy industry it is also time for concern and a change in our ways. 
As a structural engineer, if I design 5,000 metres squared of floor per year, I am responsible for 1,000 tons of CO2 per year. 
To put this into perspective:
A flight to New York – 1 tonne of CO2
Running a family car for a year – 3 tonnes of CO2
A new skyscraper – 30,000 tonnes of CO2
(The Institution of Structural Engineers (2019) A targeted approach to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.[Video] available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2vOWpAuszg) 
Here at Price & Myers we have signed the “UK Structural Engineers Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency” – we are pledging, amongst other things, to raise awareness of the opportunities available to improve design accuracy and advise our clients about the alternative feasible options to reduce the carbon footprint of proposed developments. 
We have an opportunity. We have a responsibility. 
@chazwedge 
#lifeofanengineer #weekinthelife #workweek #hampsteadheath #hampsteadheathponds #ClimateEmergency #Engineersdeclare

#EngineerTakeover Amongst the many eccentricities that friends, and those unfortunate enough to know me, are sick of hearing about; I swim in the pond in Hampstead... throughout the year with my dear friend “Bones”. After sitting in the Holly Bush one evening, putting the world to right we decided to embark on what would become a big part of our lives; our “seventh degree of freedom” (see previous post). Walking across the Heath at dawn, looking out over London, there’s a haze over the city as it takes its first puff on the morning cigarette. I ask Bones “what do you feel when you see a skyline scattered with tower cranes”; the response, one of optimism, the prospect of a city developing and booming, a city raising its ceiling and reaching new levels. However in times of global warming issues and awareness of the consequences of heavy industry it is also time for concern and a change in our ways. As a structural engineer, if I design 5,000 metres squared of floor per year, I am responsible for 1,000 tons of CO2 per year. To put this into perspective: A flight to New York – 1 tonne of CO2 Running a family car for a year – 3 tonnes of CO2 A new skyscraper – 30,000 tonnes of CO2 (The Institution of Structural Engineers (2019) A targeted approach to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.[Video] available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2vOWpAuszg) Here at Price & Myers we have signed the “UK Structural Engineers Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency” – we are pledging, amongst other things, to raise awareness of the opportunities available to improve design accuracy and advise our clients about the alternative feasible options to reduce the carbon footprint of proposed developments. We have an opportunity. We have a responsibility. @chazwedge #lifeofanengineer #weekinthelife #workweek #hampsteadheath #hampsteadheathponds #ClimateEmergency #Engineersdeclare - 3 months ago

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When we design buildings on computer we often use Finite Element Analysis. In short, this breaks up the structural elements into pieces “elements”, like a spider web. Except the “silk” is made up of rigid “bars” and the intersections are “nodes”. Each bar has 6 degrees of freedom – refer to picture 1, basically it can move in any direction. We can assign material properties to the elements, and perform various methods of analysis to assess how the elements behave and perform.

The colourful picture is an extract from a reinforced concrete slab model on a residential project, where I was both Temporary works and Permanent works designer. This means that I designed how the building stands up for the next 50 years, and also how the structures were stable during construction. This is quite possibly my most rewarding work, as I get to be heavily involved with the construction process and also the team on site.

@chazwedge 
#lifeofanengineer #architecture #weekinthelife #workweek #finiteelementanalysis #sitephotos #onsite #reinforcedconcrete

#EngineerTakeover When we design buildings on computer we often use Finite Element Analysis. In short, this breaks up the structural elements into pieces “elements”, like a spider web. Except the “silk” is made up of rigid “bars” and the intersections are “nodes”. Each bar has 6 degrees of freedom – refer to picture 1, basically it can move in any direction. We can assign material properties to the elements, and perform various methods of analysis to assess how the elements behave and perform. The colourful picture is an extract from a reinforced concrete slab model on a residential project, where I was both Temporary works and Permanent works designer. This means that I designed how the building stands up for the next 50 years, and also how the structures were stable during construction. This is quite possibly my most rewarding work, as I get to be heavily involved with the construction process and also the team on site. @chazwedge #lifeofanengineer #architecture #weekinthelife #workweek #finiteelementanalysis #sitephotos #onsite #reinforcedconcrete - 3 months ago

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21 Upper Phillimore gardens is a late Georgian early Victorian villa. A beautiful example of the stunning architecture seen in this part of Kensington. I was fortunate enough to work alongside a great team to reconfigure the interior of the house, complete with a cantilever stone staircase and cantilever rear terrace Juliette balconies. The rear Juliette balconies are quite something, with their thin profiles, fine detailing.

I designed these classical style balconies to obviate the inherent build-ability problems with heavy stone slabs. The balconies are made from reinforced concrete and fixed back to an independent steel frame structure. This enabled large windows above and below; something not readily achievable with stone.

Our Clients, Stas and Hugo, whom we’ve built a great friendship with along our journey through several projects, approached us to take on the extension of this now exquisite family home. This project has been the pinnacle of our collaboration with Plexus Property. The entire rear garden was reduced by some 3.5m to create a beautiful lower ground floor garden area complete with a water feature.

We’ve certainly had our moments on site, with Hugo even having to Don the site boots and get stuck in. And Stas calling me to remind me of the early morning site inspections. Of course no story is complete without mentioning the hardy builder, Colin, whose constant positive outlook was a ray of sunshine even on the coldest of winter mornings.

The best projects are often those which are run by Clients on the ground and not from behind a desk! 
@chazwedge 
#lifeofanengineer #architecture #weekinthelife #onsite #workweek 
Ph: Plexus Property

#EngineerTakeover 21 Upper Phillimore gardens is a late Georgian early Victorian villa. A beautiful example of the stunning architecture seen in this part of Kensington. I was fortunate enough to work alongside a great team to reconfigure the interior of the house, complete with a cantilever stone staircase and cantilever rear terrace Juliette balconies. The rear Juliette balconies are quite something, with their thin profiles, fine detailing. I designed these classical style balconies to obviate the inherent build-ability problems with heavy stone slabs. The balconies are made from reinforced concrete and fixed back to an independent steel frame structure. This enabled large windows above and below; something not readily achievable with stone. Our Clients, Stas and Hugo, whom we’ve built a great friendship with along our journey through several projects, approached us to take on the extension of this now exquisite family home. This project has been the pinnacle of our collaboration with Plexus Property. The entire rear garden was reduced by some 3.5m to create a beautiful lower ground floor garden area complete with a water feature. We’ve certainly had our moments on site, with Hugo even having to Don the site boots and get stuck in. And Stas calling me to remind me of the early morning site inspections. Of course no story is complete without mentioning the hardy builder, Colin, whose constant positive outlook was a ray of sunshine even on the coldest of winter mornings. The best projects are often those which are run by Clients on the ground and not from behind a desk! @chazwedge #lifeofanengineer #architecture #weekinthelife #onsite #workweek Ph: Plexus Property - 3 months ago

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Great taking @architecturebvn  around one of my most loved projects. I was the Project Engineer, and it was everything that a young engineer could have hoped for. The story of the build is very unique and there are little moments within the building which tell a story. A new basement cinema (we used what the team on site called “silent dynamite” – but that’s for another day) housed in an industrial style Mews building with bespoke façade features. I spent hours collaborating with Ryan (Architect from @sodalondon ) to create the exact detailing of the window lintels, both the exposed steel ones to support the white hand glazed bricks, and the restored masonry arches with imperial sized bricks and lime mortar. If you can’t go in, it’s worth a trip around the back to see the intricately detailed façade and windows.

The building was built in the 1730s and was a Naval Officer’s residence. The listed structure sadly caught fire in the summer of 2009, due to a faulty air conditioning unit. The only thing that survived was the original staircase and the original muraled walls of the staircase. If you ever have the fortune to go in, check out the bulge in the wall of the staircase, (fear not, it’s safe!) in order to preserve the mural we couldn’t remove some of the charred timber/oak lathe’s; this creates a magical little scar from the buildings past.

There’s simply not enough space to describe all the moments in the building, however as I sit in the courtyard sipping my cup of tea chatting to Yianni and Susanne from BVN, I think “I designed this and people are using and enjoying something which I’ve contributed to”. Time to pinch myself again.

@chazwedge 
#lifeofanengineer #architecture #weekinthelife #onsite #workweek 
Ph: SODA Studio

#EngineerTakeover Great taking @architecturebvn around one of my most loved projects. I was the Project Engineer, and it was everything that a young engineer could have hoped for. The story of the build is very unique and there are little moments within the building which tell a story. A new basement cinema (we used what the team on site called “silent dynamite” – but that’s for another day) housed in an industrial style Mews building with bespoke façade features. I spent hours collaborating with Ryan (Architect from @sodalondon ) to create the exact detailing of the window lintels, both the exposed steel ones to support the white hand glazed bricks, and the restored masonry arches with imperial sized bricks and lime mortar. If you can’t go in, it’s worth a trip around the back to see the intricately detailed façade and windows. The building was built in the 1730s and was a Naval Officer’s residence. The listed structure sadly caught fire in the summer of 2009, due to a faulty air conditioning unit. The only thing that survived was the original staircase and the original muraled walls of the staircase. If you ever have the fortune to go in, check out the bulge in the wall of the staircase, (fear not, it’s safe!) in order to preserve the mural we couldn’t remove some of the charred timber/oak lathe’s; this creates a magical little scar from the buildings past. There’s simply not enough space to describe all the moments in the building, however as I sit in the courtyard sipping my cup of tea chatting to Yianni and Susanne from BVN, I think “I designed this and people are using and enjoying something which I’ve contributed to”. Time to pinch myself again. @chazwedge #lifeofanengineer #architecture #weekinthelife #onsite #workweek Ph: SODA Studio - 3 months ago

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What we can learn from the 3 legged stool.

Where does structural design start? There are many different ways to approach design, but I shall focus on functionality for this post.

The lead designer (or architect or user) will decide at what height the seat should be and what size the plan area of the seat needs to be. The engineer then needs to decide how big to make the legs of the stool.

In order to size the leg of the stool the first thing we need to find out is how much load is in each leg. If a person were to load a stool in the centre of the seat which is sat on a flat surface, the load in each leg would be the same. So if we know how much that person weighs, we know each leg has 1/3 of the persons weight in it.

We now want to ensure that the leg doesn’t break under this load, ie. we want it to resist that load. So based on the strength of the timber and the load it’s required to resist, we can work out the required size of the leg.

When we design buildings it’s exactly the same procedure, how much load will the building need to resist? We can then design the structure within the building to resist these loads; be it wind, snow, people, animals or earthquakes!

So next time you look at a 12 storey building, you now know that one of the first steps the engineer will take is to define the loads the building needs to resist.

@chazwedge 
#lifeofanengineer #workweek #weekinthelife #stool #tallbuildings
Second picture: Alto Apartments, London by @flanagan_lawrence for @quintainltd 
Ph: © @huftonandcrow

#EngineerTakeover What we can learn from the 3 legged stool. Where does structural design start? There are many different ways to approach design, but I shall focus on functionality for this post. The lead designer (or architect or user) will decide at what height the seat should be and what size the plan area of the seat needs to be. The engineer then needs to decide how big to make the legs of the stool. In order to size the leg of the stool the first thing we need to find out is how much load is in each leg. If a person were to load a stool in the centre of the seat which is sat on a flat surface, the load in each leg would be the same. So if we know how much that person weighs, we know each leg has 1/3 of the persons weight in it. We now want to ensure that the leg doesn’t break under this load, ie. we want it to resist that load. So based on the strength of the timber and the load it’s required to resist, we can work out the required size of the leg. When we design buildings it’s exactly the same procedure, how much load will the building need to resist? We can then design the structure within the building to resist these loads; be it wind, snow, people, animals or earthquakes! So next time you look at a 12 storey building, you now know that one of the first steps the engineer will take is to define the loads the building needs to resist. @chazwedge #lifeofanengineer #workweek #weekinthelife #stool #tallbuildings Second picture: Alto Apartments, London by @flanagan_lawrence for @quintainltd Ph: © @huftonandcrow - 3 months ago

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Why I always choose a 3 legged stool over a 4 legged chair.

If you want to ensure your seat is never wobbly no matter how uneven the surface, the three legged stool is always the connoisseur’s choice. Why, I hear you ask? Because 3 points determine a plane, in other words no matter how uneven a surface all three points will create one plane, thus creating stable equilibrium.

When considering a four legged stool, it’s designed to be sat on all four points, these four points are not necessarily contained in a single plane. Assuming the stool is designed for an even floor, it may be able to touch with only three legs at once, wobbling between different choices of three legs.

Moreover this is also a good starting point for structural design… How much load is in each leg?

@chazwedge

#EngineerTakeover Why I always choose a 3 legged stool over a 4 legged chair. If you want to ensure your seat is never wobbly no matter how uneven the surface, the three legged stool is always the connoisseur’s choice. Why, I hear you ask? Because 3 points determine a plane, in other words no matter how uneven a surface all three points will create one plane, thus creating stable equilibrium. When considering a four legged stool, it’s designed to be sat on all four points, these four points are not necessarily contained in a single plane. Assuming the stool is designed for an even floor, it may be able to touch with only three legs at once, wobbling between different choices of three legs. Moreover this is also a good starting point for structural design… How much load is in each leg? @chazwedge - 3 months ago

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I’m Charlie Wedgwood, a structural engineer at P&M and I’ll be taking over Instagram this week. 
I collaborate with artists and architects to create structures that are not only functional but works of art in themselves. Structural design is an exceptionally creative and problem solving vocation. Every day I work to enable sustainable and avant-garde visions become a reality. 
As part of this week’s takeover I aim to give you an insight into the life of an engineer, introduce you to some of the exciting people I meet along the way, and how to really appreciate a chair!

Outside of the office, you may find me jumping in the ponds in Hampstead with @thecoldwatersociety or hitting boundaries on the cricket pitch at @hampsteadcc 
@chazwedge

#EngineerTakeover I’m Charlie Wedgwood, a structural engineer at P&M and I’ll be taking over Instagram this week. I collaborate with artists and architects to create structures that are not only functional but works of art in themselves. Structural design is an exceptionally creative and problem solving vocation. Every day I work to enable sustainable and avant-garde visions become a reality. As part of this week’s takeover I aim to give you an insight into the life of an engineer, introduce you to some of the exciting people I meet along the way, and how to really appreciate a chair! Outside of the office, you may find me jumping in the ponds in Hampstead with @thecoldwatersociety or hitting boundaries on the cricket pitch at @hampsteadcc @chazwedge - 3 months ago

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Tonight we celebrate our 30th year in Nottingham with some drinks and canapes! To all of our colleagues and clients: it has been a pleasure working with you during our first 30 years - here's to 30 more!
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#EngineerTakeover Tonight we celebrate our 30th year in Nottingham with some drinks and canapes! To all of our colleagues and clients: it has been a pleasure working with you during our first 30 years - here's to 30 more! . . . #Notts30 #30YearsInNottingham #celebrations #anniversary @nottm_contemp - 5 months ago

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Turning the Place Over is one of many projects that I am grateful to have been a part of. The artwork by Richard Wilson RA might just be my favourite P&M project, and for a multitude of reasons. Due to my surveying experience, I was asked to assist Harry Stocks (Consultant and former Associate) with the internal measurements of the building prior to the start of our work. This is a rare occurrence and made me feel like a crucial part of the project from the very beginning. Our survey formed the basis of the structural drawings which I produced. Trying to visualise how the finished piece would look intrigued me the entire time. Attending the opening of the artwork, seeing the whole thing come together, left me with an enormous sense of pride. - Jon Simpson, CAD Technician
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#EngineerTakeover Turning the Place Over is one of many projects that I am grateful to have been a part of. The artwork by Richard Wilson RA might just be my favourite P&M project, and for a multitude of reasons. Due to my surveying experience, I was asked to assist Harry Stocks (Consultant and former Associate) with the internal measurements of the building prior to the start of our work. This is a rare occurrence and made me feel like a crucial part of the project from the very beginning. Our survey formed the basis of the structural drawings which I produced. Trying to visualise how the finished piece would look intrigued me the entire time. Attending the opening of the artwork, seeing the whole thing come together, left me with an enormous sense of pride. - Jon Simpson, CAD Technician Ph : © Richard Wilson . . . #Notts30 #30YearsInNottingham #Celebrations #TurningThePlaceOver #RichardWilson #CAD #LifeofanEngineer #DayIntheLife #CommercialSystemInternational - 5 months ago

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A new main entrance stair for the New Walk Museum, Leicester. The helical form was inspired by ammonite fossils from the museum’s brilliant collection of curiosities, and was derived from the Fibonacci sequence. The complex geometries and long unsupported spans made this a challenging structure for us to design. A ‘ladder’ of welded steel beams have been concealed beneath the treads to provide most of the structural support, while the steel plate balustrade contributes additional stiffness to resist vibrations from foot traffic. 
The resulting stair is a crisp, simple, white painted steel structure, contrasted with warm curved oak treads echoing the cellular nature of the fossils. In our opinion, a fitting entrance to a fantastic museum. - Sam Paterson, Structural Engineer
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#Repost @priceandmyers with @get_repost ・・・ #EngineerTakeover A new main entrance stair for the New Walk Museum, Leicester. The helical form was inspired by ammonite fossils from the museum’s brilliant collection of curiosities, and was derived from the Fibonacci sequence. The complex geometries and long unsupported spans made this a challenging structure for us to design. A ‘ladder’ of welded steel beams have been concealed beneath the treads to provide most of the structural support, while the steel plate balustrade contributes additional stiffness to resist vibrations from foot traffic. The resulting stair is a crisp, simple, white painted steel structure, contrasted with warm curved oak treads echoing the cellular nature of the fossils. In our opinion, a fitting entrance to a fantastic museum. - Sam Paterson, Structural Engineer Ph: © Tristan Poyser . . . #Notts30 #30YearsInNottingham #NewWalkMuseum #Leicester #Fibonacci #Fibonaccisequence #steel #stairs #oak @tristanpoyser - 5 months ago

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A new main entrance stair for the New Walk Museum, Leicester. The helical form was inspired by ammonite fossils from the museum’s brilliant collection of curiosities, and was derived from the Fibonacci sequence. The complex geometries and long unsupported spans made this a challenging structure for us to design. A ‘ladder’ of welded steel beams have been concealed beneath the treads to provide most of the structural support, while the steel plate balustrade contributes additional stiffness to resist vibrations from foot traffic. 
The resulting stair is a crisp, simple, white painted steel structure, contrasted with warm curved oak treads echoing the cellular nature of the fossils. In our opinion, a fitting entrance to a fantastic museum. - Sam Paterson, Structural Engineer
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#EngineerTakeover A new main entrance stair for the New Walk Museum, Leicester. The helical form was inspired by ammonite fossils from the museum’s brilliant collection of curiosities, and was derived from the Fibonacci sequence. The complex geometries and long unsupported spans made this a challenging structure for us to design. A ‘ladder’ of welded steel beams have been concealed beneath the treads to provide most of the structural support, while the steel plate balustrade contributes additional stiffness to resist vibrations from foot traffic. The resulting stair is a crisp, simple, white painted steel structure, contrasted with warm curved oak treads echoing the cellular nature of the fossils. In our opinion, a fitting entrance to a fantastic museum. - Sam Paterson, Structural Engineer Ph: © Tristan Poyser . . . #Notts30 #30YearsInNottingham #NewWalkMuseum #Leicester #Fibonacci #Fibonaccisequence #steel #stairs #oak @tristanpoyser - 5 months ago

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Over the years, we've been fortunate enough to work with brilliant architects, designers and artists. Nottingham based artist Wolfgang Buttress was recently commissioned to design and install an artwork to the main elevation of a new five-storey office/laboratory building being built in a prominent location in Nottingham for the Bioscience industry. This artwork was required to also act as a brise soleil. The solution involves a large number of cables hung outside the front of the elevation down from roof level to first floor level. These cables are partly threaded with bespoke aluminium extrusions of varying sizes and fibre optic cables. The fibre optic cables are lit with different coloured lights and vary in intensity according to signals received from earthbound observatories showing sun spot activity. The 17m long cables have been designed to move according to the wind loads. However, the sizes of the cables and the amount of pre-tensioning was adjusted to keep movement to a reasonable amplitude under windy conditions. - Steve Wickham, Consultant and former Partner
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#EngineerTakeover Over the years, we've been fortunate enough to work with brilliant architects, designers and artists. Nottingham based artist Wolfgang Buttress was recently commissioned to design and install an artwork to the main elevation of a new five-storey office/laboratory building being built in a prominent location in Nottingham for the Bioscience industry. This artwork was required to also act as a brise soleil. The solution involves a large number of cables hung outside the front of the elevation down from roof level to first floor level. These cables are partly threaded with bespoke aluminium extrusions of varying sizes and fibre optic cables. The fibre optic cables are lit with different coloured lights and vary in intensity according to signals received from earthbound observatories showing sun spot activity. The 17m long cables have been designed to move according to the wind loads. However, the sizes of the cables and the amount of pre-tensioning was adjusted to keep movement to a reasonable amplitude under windy conditions. - Steve Wickham, Consultant and former Partner Ph: © Lamar Francois . . . #Notts30 #30YearsInNottingham #WolfgangButtress @wolfgangbuttress @lamar.francois - 5 months ago

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Over the past 30 years we have been working on a variety of projects, including many in the industrial sector. One of the projects we are working on at the moment is the Greggs Distribution Centre in Amesbury, Wiltshire. Works are progressing well on site with practical completion due in a few weeks’ time - Looking forward to seeing it completed! - Steve Machin, Partner
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#EngineerTakeover Over the past 30 years we have been working on a variety of projects, including many in the industrial sector. One of the projects we are working on at the moment is the Greggs Distribution Centre in Amesbury, Wiltshire. Works are progressing well on site with practical completion due in a few weeks’ time - Looking forward to seeing it completed! - Steve Machin, Partner Ph: © Price & Myers . . . #Notts30 #30YearsInNottingham #Celebrations #LifeofanEngineer #DayIntheLife #sitevisit #workinprogress #CleggFoodProjects #CoxFreeman - 5 months ago

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