There are two taught courses which support the unique and radical approach to the teaching of structural analysis; USB: Understanding Structural Behaviour and USD: Understanding Structural Design.
The first course was commissioned by the Arup Partnership in the early 1970’s, based on the testing of the intake of graduates into the practice over three years. This was the first use, of what is now The Brohn Test, the results from which showed a far less than expected or satisfactory performance.
The course was run in the Arup graduate training scheme for many years and is now run in-house.
The course has been run continuously since that time for many of the UK’s leading consultants; Buro Happold, Atkins, Ramboll, Robert Bird and many others. The repeat invitations confirm that the graduates who attended the course, found the approach both innovative and an asset in the design office. Courses have been run outside the UK in India, Dubai and in particular in Denmark where both courses are run each year, starting 30 years ago.
A review of the Brohn Test results published in The Structural Engineer show a continuing decline in the performance of the graduates and the subsequent responses in the Verulam column suggests that this is unlikely to improve.
The second course, Understanding Structural Design, explores the application of an understanding of structural behaviour to real structural design problems and failures.
The curriculum for both courses may be viewed on the courses page