IStructE President visits CampbellReith Surrey office

3 December, 2015

CampbellReith was delighted to welcome Professor Tim Ibell, President of the Institution of Structural Engineers and Head of the School of Construction at Bath University, to the Surrey office this week.  The President’s visit coincided with the Surrey Region’s evening meetings where Prof Ibell’s presented a talk on learning from experience rather than teaching and the need for innovation in design.

The afternoon started with an introduction to CampbellReith and was followed by three very interesting presentations from the Region’s Graduate Engineers.  Tom Wycherley, Graduate Engineer at CampbellReith, presented his experience on the Cape Sierra Hotel project, explaining the challenges of designing complex structures in Sierra Leone.  Natalja Petkune, Phd student from Kingston University presented on her final year thesis, a detailed study of the Behaviour of Hybrid Steel/FRP shear walls.  Alex Moxon, undergraduate from Greenwich University, talked about her experience during a year’s placement on CampbellReith’s Ghana Hospitals projects, running through the challenges of constructing innovative, cost effective buildings overseas.

The group was joined by graduates from several of CampbellReith’s UK offices as well as Founding Partner and former IStructE President Peter Campbell and former Partner and IStructE Regional Chairman Gordon Harris.

The session was rounded off with an informal discussion between the graduates and Prof Ibell on training and experience in the industry.

We would like to thank everyone for their input which contributed to a thoroughly enjoyable and stimulating afternoon.