David devised a test for understanding the structural behaviour of a group of graduates from the Arup Partnership. The test was conducted over a 10-year period, over that time there was a clear deficiency in this skill, which at the time hadn’t received a proper definition. To correct this deficiency, a training course was commissioned by Arup, which produced hundreds of graduates over the 10-year period.
Experienced engineers are now recognising they possess the skills of understanding structures, that younger engineers are likely to not have acquired, due to their learning and practice on the computer in the design office. As a result, it was recognised that there is a need to identify a formal way of teaching such skills to replace that informal acquisition.
The Institution of Structural Engineers set up a working party to investigate the issues raised by the published reports that endorsed the views put forward by David Brohn. In response to this, David published the textbook Understanding Structural Analysis’ and courses to accompany, which explains how the understanding of structural behaviour could be used to develop conventional theories of structural analysis.
Feedback from the textbook and training courses produced confirmed that this knowledge enables individuals to develop a deeper understanding of structural behaviour, structural modelling and the use of the computer in the design office.