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Alasdair’s Engineering Pages

Technical papers and design aids

Civil & Structural Engineering

I work as a civil and structural engineer for Thomasons Ltd, Leeds, UK ( Over the years I have written technical papers on limit state design, reinforced concrete, structural steel, codes of practice, Eurocodes, engineering history, quality assurance and health and safety. This website makes these all available on line.

I am grateful to the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Concrete Society for granting permission to include PDFs of papers published in ICE Proceedings and Concrete magazine. I am also grateful to the Institution of Structural Engineers  for permission to include text of papers published in The Structural Engineer; original copies may be obtained from the IStructE website.

The section ‘Useful stuff’ includes information for analysing historic structures, simple span/depth ratios for RC slab design and the easiest-ever formula for steel beam deflexion. There is also guidance on BS8002 retaining wall design, with worked examples and calculation spreadsheets. Notes on foundation and underpinning design include full details of the Hiley and BSP pile-driving formulae, converted to metric units.

Alasdair N Beal BSc CEng FICE FIStructE


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CDM 2015 - Are you ready?

New Construction Design Management Regulations came into force on 6th April 2015. If you are not worried, then you have probably not been paying attention. They affect everything from building a bridge to changing a light bulb.

The Regulations and HSE legal guidance published on 2nd April(!) are available here >>

CITB ‘industry guidance’ is available here  >>

For my guide ‘Surviving CDM 2015’ click here>>