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Scruton Lecture 2017: Wind engineering for serviceability and resilience, London

Event organised by ICE

23 November 2017
18:00 - 19:45 GMT
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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Traditionally the role of wind engineers has focused on determining the design wind loading caused by extreme wind speeds on a wide range of civil engineering structures, through the use of atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel testing, computational fluid dynamics calculations and a series of well-developed codes of practice.

However, the effects of winds on the built environment, both beneficial and detrimental, are much more wide ranging, and the expertise of wind engineers can be applied to a variety of issues across a range of sectors.

At the 2017 Scruton lecture, the presenter will consider such wind effects as a holistic whole, ranging from the beneficial effects of low wind speeds on ventilation and air quality, through the discomfort and distress caused by higher wind speed levels, to the disruption to transport and energy networks and the structural damage caused by higher wind speeds.

Special attention will be paid to issues of serviceability and infrastructure resilience.

The speaker - Professor Chris Baker from the University of Birmingham, will:

  • Explore the effects of winds on the built environment are wide ranging and the expertise of wind engineers can be applied to a variety of issues across a range of sectors
  • Consider analysis of wind effects and the resilience of infrastructure
  • Highlight existing practice and new methodologies required to improve serviceability and increase infrastructure resilience


18:00 Registration and welcome refreshments

18:30 Welcome from the Chair, John Rees BEng ACGI MSc DIC CEng FICE

18:35 Wind Engineering for serviceability and resilience
Prof Chris Baker – Professor of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham

19:20 Questions and answers

19:40 Summation from the Chair

19:45 Close of lecture

The Scruton Lecture is part of ICE’s prestige event series and is held in honour of Christopher ‘Kit’ Scruton, a British industrial dynamics engineer. The topic contributes to ICE's Energy, Resilience and Climate Change campaign.

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