Magazine article Geographical

Civil Engineer

Magazine article Geographical

Civil Engineer

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ROUTE TO THE JOB: "After reading civil engineering at the University of Birmingham, I joined Scott Wilson (a structural engineer and environmental consultancy) in 1964. Over the years, I have been involved in many developments both in the UK and abroad. An MSc course at Imperial College, London marked a turning point in my career as I was introduced to structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. In the early days, structures were designed disregarding the possibility of earthquakes. In the early 1970s, our company designed its first earthquake-resistant power station in Cyprus. Since 1988, I have been a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers' Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) and have visited California, after the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes in 1989 and 1994 respectively, and Japan after the 1995 Kobe earthquake. These trips have involved collating information for an EEFIT report and assessing the type of damage caused to buildings which have been designed without earthquakes in mind. This has led to other work such as assessing damage for loss assessors. …

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