Representatives from major engineering companies found out more about world leading vibration engineering research at famous structures such as London’s Millennium Bridge at an event hosted by experts at the University of Exeter. The University’s internationally renowned Vibration Engineering Section (VES) teamed up with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to host an event for engineers taking the Technical Report Route to becoming incorporated or chartered members of the ICE.
Professor Paul Reynolds presented examples of VES team’s work, such as dynamic testing and monitoring of a number of high profile UK sports stadia and highly vibration-sensitive facilities, before Dr Prakash Kripakaran presented information to attendees about the new MSc in Structural Engineering, which is launching at the University this month. Engineers taking the technical report route have the option of taking modules from the MSc, which will give them the additional education/training required to complete the route to ICE membership.
Following the presentations, delegates were then given a tour of the Structures Lab, based at the University’s College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences, where they participated in a demonstration of active control, using a reconfigurable pedestrian structure and watched an image based motion detection demonstration by a VES team member.
Paul Reynolds said: “We are looking forward to offering our Structural Engineering MSc modules as CPD for practising engineers, to engaging our students with networks and being involved in collaborations between the University and wider organisations. This event was part of our efforts to begin building these relationships, and we were very pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our research and commercial work to civil engineers from some major engineering companies.”
Michelle Cockburn, South West Membership Manager of the ICE, said: “It was extremely worthwhile exercise teaming up with the University and our members found the event informative, fun and inspiring. Attending the event contributed to their continuing professional development (CPD) and gave them some food for thought about their route to acquiring chartered status.
She added: “It’s excellent that the University is so keen to work with industry, tailoring its courses to suit and we hope to host other such events with them in the future.”