Today I was helping out in a design lecture at Edinburgh University in which lecturer Tim Stratford led a simple but effective demonstration of multi-constraint analysis (MCA). This is one of the basic tools that I have been referring to in recent workshops on teaching sustainability. Tim used the example of making a purchasing decision … Read more
The Thames Cable Car pack is a new Workshed undergraduate teaching resource based on the Emirates Airline Thames crossing. It is one of three design briefs that aim to give students a feel for rapid structural scheme design. Groups of students taking on the role of a structural design consultancy with a brief to develop the concept design for a cable car linking the two banks of the Thames.
Today Think Up ran its fourth Embedding Sustainability workshop, this time at the University of Manchester. Delegates came from Warwick, Liverpool John Moores, Loughborough, Salford, Manchester Metropolitan and the University of Manchester. We were also joined by a member of the ICE’s Sustainability Panel. The delegates voted to discuss three Principles from the Embedding Sustainability … Read more
This morning Think Up held the second of its Embedding Sustainability workshops, this time at the University of Edinburgh. Today’s delegates were from the Universities of Abertay, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Herriot Watt and Strathclyde. Rather than focusing on the challenges of embedding bedding sustainability, the emphasis of this session was very much on practical implementation … Read more
Yesterday we held the first of six seminars on embedding sustainability in the undergraduate civil engineering curriculum. The session at Bristol University, was attended by staff from the University of Wales, Newport, University of Portsmouth, University of West of England and University of Bristol. We started the session with an airing of the challenges of … Read more
We are nearly there folks! Today we have invited our generous community of users to help us test the latest version of PMPM before we launch it on the Workshed Site. If all goes well we are optimistic we shall have a fully functioning 3D version of PMPM available by end of January 2013. If you … Read more
Workshed is now back online. We know it is frustrating that site has been down so thank you for your patience while we’ve been away. Do let us know if this has impacted you in any way.
We have had to take Workshed offline temporarily. This is because a sister site on the same server was hacked and was infecting users with malware. We hope the site will be back on line over the weekend. We sincerely regret the inconvenience that this is causing to our many users. If you were intending … Read more
Today I gave a talk called a ‘World Tour of Structural Form’ at the sculpture department at the University of Brighton. I was invited by Tom Grimsey who had seen me give a similar talk in Brighton at Cafe Scientifique. The key point I make in the talk is that being an engineer is a … Read more
I have been working with Chris Wise and Ed McCann at UCL to help develop the approach to teaching Design to budding Civil Engineers. Whilst I have lots of experience working with learners, this has been in much smaller groups and I am recognising the particular challenges of working effectively with groups of 50 and … Read more