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Welcome to Insights from AWA: Structural, Civil and Marine engineers. On this page, you will find articles covering the latest news, trends and information about structural engineering. This blog will keep you informed of the current topics in structural engineering, including new and emerging technologies, materials and industry standards.

What is Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) Construction?

What is Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) Construction?

In the world of construction, there’s an innovation gaining momentum: Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF). Despite its modest profile here in the UK, ICF is beginning to stand out with its benefits in sustainability, energy efficiency and structural integrity. And it can even save you money! Imagine never having to put the heating on in your home? Join us as we shed light on this construction method.

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The importance of industrial floor slabs

The importance of industrial concrete floor slabs

Simply put, an industrial concrete floor slab is the working platform of an industrial building. It is the most important part of a building because all operations are supported by it. It is an exposed surface that needs to be robust, flat and crack-free.

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RAAC Concrete: Finding the Right Structural Engineer

RAAC Concrete: Finding the Right Structural Engineer

Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC), once a popular construction material, has gained attention due to safety concerns, particularly in public sector buildings. If you’re unsure whether RAAC was used in the construction of your building, it’s important to understand the potential implications and necessary actions, meaning finding the right structural engineer is essential.

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Introducing Brian Morton, Technical Director – a familiar face with a fresh perspective

After a decade hiatus, Brian has returned to AWA Engineers, warmly remarking, “The only company I have ever considered returning to is here”. So, what lured him back?

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What is Structural Engineering?

What is Structural Engineering?

Structural engineering is a specialism within the field of civil engineering. It focuses on the design, framework, and construction of buildings and structures to ensure their safety, durability, and functionality.

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How AWA collaborates with architects

How AWA collaborates with architects

Balancing building design and aesthetics with safety, longevity, and durability: the roles of architects and structural engineers in a construction project are closely aligned and equally invaluable to a successful project outcome.

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A look back at 30 years contracting for Salisbury Cathedral

A look back at 30 years as Salisbury Cathedral’s structural engineer

An interview with AWAs founder, Andrew Waring, who has been the consulting engineer for Salisbury Cathedral since 1992.

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Ben Whitfield, Technical Director at AWA, about his experience working on WikiHouse projects

An interview with Ben Whitfield, Technical Director at AWA, about his experience working on WikiHouse projects

We speak to Ben Whitfield, Technical Director at AWA, about his part in delivering AWAs WikiHouse projects and involvement in the technical development of the structures.

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What is a WikiHouse?

What is a WikiHouse?

WikiHouse is an open-source modular building system intended to make the construction of homes and small buildings accessible to more people.

The system makes it easy to design and assemble buildings. By simplifying some of the construction processes that are involved in a build, it can also make it most cost-effective.

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