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Prof. John Burland Gives LIVIC An Insight

Posted on by Peter Nugent

Professor John Burland, CBE, DSc(Eng), FREng, FRS is a world-leading Geotechnical Engineer and Emeritus Professor at Imperial College. His work has taken him to many parts of the world, working on hundreds of fascinating projects.

Have you ever read LIVIC before?

I am mortified to admit that I haven’t  - but now I have the link!  Has every member of staff been bombarded with it? – they should be. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

John Burland at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
John Burland at the Leaning Tower of Pisa

What is your current favourite engineering project?

Crossrail. It has almost every civil engineering challenge...

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Something About Christmas

Posted on by Peter Nugent

By Peter Nugent

The lights, yeah, that's where my attention is...
The lights, yeah, that's where my attention is...

So it's the end of November; the weather is now terrible and coursework deadlines are starting to pile up. Probably how you all feel right? How distant are the memories of the Four Bridges Pub Crawl as you slave over coursework in the Skempton? You have been thrust into the routine of entering the Skempton at 09:00 and not leaving till it's pitch black, you effectively never get to see the sun light. How depressing. Well fear not, I am here, time and time again as a man of the people, to bring you happiness, to show you...

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Xbox One Review

Posted on by Peter Nugent

This post is a follow-up to our next-gen preview.

It's so beautiful isn't it?
It's so beautiful isn't it?

Xbox On", who knew that those two words would cause so much excitement, if you read last month's console preview you'd know that it would make the ladies weak at the knees, and even this LIVIC Editor felt his knees wobble a little at how smooth it all worked. The Xbox One has indeed finally arrived, showering you in voice commands, stunning graphics and the Xbox Live service we have all come to know and love.

What has surprised me the most is how well the voice commands work with the Kinect, seeing all the...

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Raincatcher: A First-Hand Account

Posted on by Peter Nugent

The following article was written by Hannah Riordan.

Imperial ratio in a foreign country? You bet!
Imperial ratio in a foreign country? You bet!

The dry season in the region of Tabora, western Tanzania can last up to 8 months, often leaving the locals with no other option than to buy water or collect it from nearby wells. This inconvenient situation results in large amount of infections by water-borne diseases.

In 2009, an ambitious team of engineering undergraduates (including some of our very own department!) was sent out to the area to construct sustainable rainwater storage tanks using local resources, while engaging the...

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PWC Challenge

Posted on by Peter Nugent

Phwoar! Sexy and smart!
Phwoar! Sexy and smart!

As committed committees come I think this year's CivSoc committee is leaps and bounds above the competition. On Wednesday 27th November a segment of the committee were out competing to get funding from PWC because we love you all. This was a regional heat, so the winner would get £1000, and be entered in to the finals to compete with the winners in the other regions. We expected competition from other universities such as Strand Polytechnic and that second rate university in Euston.

Disaster struck early Tuesday morning, a day before the event, letting us know...

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Liz Gives Us An Insight In To The Mind of a Ph.D.

Posted on by Peter Nugent

Who are you?

Hi I’m Liz and I’m in the second year of my Ph.D. with Dr. Wadee researching nonlinear buckling behaviour in thin-walled structures. I hope my work will contribute to improving steel design in standardised codes, and/or allow me one day to finally press some buttons in the structures lab. I spend most of the day getting angry at my computer before storming off to the tea room to chain drink Earl Grey and Pepsi Max.

What was the highlight of your degree?

I would say the best thing about the degree is the friends you make; I still see a lot of the special people I spent four...

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Love Your Reps

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The following article was written by Aparna Mathur.

Hopefully all of you will be acquainted with your Year reps and Department rep by now. However, it may be a bit of a mystery what we actually do! Behold... this article is here to enlighten you...

What even IS a rep?!

As your reps, we are here to represent YOU. Your opinions and suggestions are a big part of what makes this department Number 1 in the world – that’s right, suck it Oxbridge. Your input helps to improve things for yourself and for future years, so it’s really important to make yourself heard. So if there are any issues,...

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A Look Back: Night of Engineering Philosophy with Staff

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The following article was written by Mitesh Patel.

Contrary to popular belief, this isn't a tutorial.
Contrary to popular belief, this isn't a tutorial.

On this night something strange was afoot, deep in the bowels of the Skempton, whatever it was it carried down the stairway and filled the main entrance with charisma. What was the source of this commotion I hear you ask? Had women finally come to the Skempton in force? Sadly not, but what lay in 301 was very different to what us engineers are used to. This was 301 as we had never experienced it before, inside there was noise, there was energy and the smell of wine thickened the air...

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A 2013 Send Off. In Style.

Posted on by Peter Nugent

I haven't moved from this position since the first issue.
I haven't moved from this position since the first issue.

It’s the last LIVIC of 2013, and it’s safe to say we’re going out with an absolutely huge bang! As the festive season fast approaches, coursework deadlines looming and exams over the horizon LIVIC is here to quell those fears and instill you with some happiness. There’s pros and cons when it comes to the end of term, one of the articles in this issues covers the positives about the christmas break, but there’s a huge game-changing negative. Two whole months without LIVIC! As if exams weren’t depressing enough, “but Peter, I can’t...

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Building Information Modelling Study Group

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The following is a guest article by Han-Jung Kuo and Xi Liu.

BIM Study Group Professors, lectures, industry speakers and students
BIM Study Group Professors, lectures, industry speakers and students

As BIM is a revolutionized technology revolution for the construction industry, more and more clients begin to require BIM on jobs. BIM has become a valuable skill for engineering students, which can make you stand out from the crowd. With the desire to bridge the gap between knowledge and practical need, we provide a platform for all the BIM fans in ICL to study and support each other in learning about BIM, at the same time, transferring the knowledge among...

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