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Engineering Victory: Structural Advances during World Wars 1 and 2

  • Date(s)
    Tuesday, 15 November 2016
  • Time(s)
    From 6:30 PM
  • Venue
    DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1

About the event

Allan's original paper was published in "The Structural Engineer" to coincide with the 70th anniversary of VE Day.  It recognises the contribution made by structural engineers to the war effort during the periods of conflict between 1914 and 1945.  Notable achievements that will be discussed will include:

  • The award of a VC to future IStructE President Sir Arnold Waters
  • The effect of blast damage, as observed in the Spanish Civil War
  • Design of air raid shelters, transportable prefabricated bridges and buildings
  • Contributions to aircraft design
  • The design, construction and delivery of floating Mulberry harbours
  • Barnes Wallis's ideas on how to destroy impenetrable concrete defences and
  • How the engineering experience gained in times of war could be applied to the problems of reconstruction during peacetime.

About the speaker

Allan Mann
Allan Mann is a structural engineer with nearly 50 years' experience in design and construction.  He has worked in the building, nuclear and defence industries and on the investigation of failures and in dispute resolution.  Projects he has been involved in include the nuclear plant at Sellafield, the Royal Opera House, the development of the Nirex underground waste repository, the Devenport Dockyard, the London Eye (and several other wheels) and the construction of Wembley stadium.  Allan regularly lectures at Manchester and Leeds Universities on the MSc module on earthquake engineering and at Birmingham University on engineering failures.


Admission is free and all are welcome.  Registration is however required and should be made using the link provided.

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