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Archive for November, 1998

Student Prize Winner 1998 (No. 6 Nov-98)

Sean Brady

Sean Brady

The winner of this year’s prize for the best undergraduate project in Structures was Sean Brady of Trinity College Dublin. The project involved an investigation of the use of existing road bridges to weigh trucks as they travel across at full highway speed. He developed a model of the dynamic interaction between the truck and the bridge to determine the errors that dynamics induce. Sean, a native of Cavan, is currently doing post-graduate research at University College Dublin. The runner up was Michael O’Brien of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Edge Barriers in Multi-Storey Car Parks (No. 6 Nov-98)

The safety aspects of edge barriers for Multi-Storey Car Parks were highlighted in recent times, particularly following the accident in Canterbury in January 1996 when a car broke through the edge barrier on the fourth floor of a Multi-Storey Car Park (M.S.C.P.) causing serious injury to the driver. Read the rest of this entry »

Permitted Wind Code (No. 6 Nov-98)

Have you noticed that the latest amendment to the Buildings Regulations, 1997 now permits the use of BS 6399: Part 2: Wind loads instead of CP3: Chapter V? We have found that some structures are subject to much higher loads under BS 6399: Part 2 than those required of CP3: Chapter V. We would appreciate your comments and experiences when using the newly permitted code. Surely if the wind loads are too low in CP3 Chapter V we should be using BS 6399 only for safety.

Colin Short
Colin Short Associates Consulting Engineers