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'Building complex structures using simple concepts'

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As students, how often have we wondered if the theory and concepts we learn, will be used on real projects?

There has often been debates on disconnect between academia and industry. This presentation aims to highlight how complex structures are designed and built based on simple concepts. Be it long span bridges, a tunnel, an aircraft wing, tall buildings or underground structures; they all are fundamentally based on simple concepts. This presentation will use simple models to explain the behavior of complex structures.

With the advent of computers, the analysis and design of structures are undertaken by complex software. While this has enabled engineers to design quickly, oversight of basic engineering concepts has led to many catastrophic failures.

Dr Janardhan Sundaram is Director of Atkins and has over 20 years of expertise in delivering large scale infrastructure, rail and building projects in UK, South East Asia and Middle East. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds a PhD from University of Cambridge. Several case studies will be presented from projects that the presenter has worked on across the globe.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Structures Research Seminars series.

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