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Four Bridges Pub Crawl

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And so it begins...
And so it begins...

The first Thursday of term, the most legendary event in any imperial student’s calendar, and the freshers first piece of coursework for their CI-069 Pub Crawls & Social Skills module. The Four Bridges Pub Crawl, pints were downed, bridges were crossed and mental images were scarred for life. I arrived slightly late, I was busy devouring a free meal at Nando’s (BOOM!), I came out of Temple station not too sure where to go and I turned a corner and was greeted with a sea dotted with hard hats and high vis. I was pretty pleased with the turn out, considering I pretty much...

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Deep Inside The Depths of Peter's Mind

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Me
Me

It's 0230 in the morning, I'm in the furthest corner of London known to man after The Four Bridges Pub Crawl and I am attempting to write LIVIC and, rather unsuccessfully, trying to play GTA Online, which looks like it will never work! The turn out was something Brunel himself would have been proud of! From freshers to undergraduates to PhDs, all the way up to graduates who offered to hold my clothes, marvellous. We absolutely tore up Millennium Bridge, the amount of flesh on show was the stuff of legend, and it would take something special next year to top that! That bridge was 370m...

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Dominik Strips Down CivSoc’s Tour Destinations

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The following article was written by Dominik Sznajder.

Every year, students in this department get to choose where we will all go on the CivSoc International Tour. Honestly, if it was just up to me we would go to…. a city in Central/Eastern Europe. Apparently, we are supposed to promote democracy and that’s why you get to choose. (Editor: Unlike Russia, where tour chooses you!) Nevertheless, your beloved CivSoc committee have chosen three destinations for this year’s tour. All three contestants are very strong candidates and they are all amazing (I’ve been, seen and approved). To help you...

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El Salvador

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This summer, the annual El Salvador Project saw a team of 10 Imperial College students once again embark on a journey to Central America. Their mission this time was to upgrade a set of houses constructed in 2008 that, following a structural analysis by the engineering consultancy ARUP, were deemed to be dangerously unstable under certain seismic conditions. El Salvador being a seismically active part of the world meant that a retrofit was in order.

Such hipster civil engineers
Such hipster civil engineers

The retrofit was initially trialed in 2011 in a small village in El Salvador known as Costa Rica (confusing, we...

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Imperial College Rail Society

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The following is a guest article by Stephen Rose, Edward Courtnell, Philippe Rival, and Viktor Ting.

Wales sans sheep
Wales sans sheep

Our society links enthusiastic Imperial College students with the rail and transport industry in the UK.

We provide a great stepping-stone to a career in the sector! We have links to big names in the industry, some of which were members of this very club, so you would be hard pressed to find a better way to jump-start your career!

 

  • We lead expeditions across the UK and work with charity organisations to help construct new railway infrastructure.

 

 

  • We...

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Graduate Interview: Finlay McPhail

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As I have said many times before, I am a man of the people, this time I bring to you, the people, interviews from not only graduates but also PhD students. This will give you a broad perspective of what life can be like after you graduate from Imperial, if this was UCL you could just pop down to Subway and ask how their recent graduates are getting on. ZING. This month I have focused on the fluids side of civil engineering, our first graduate interview in with Finlay McPhail who graduated this summer and is now working for Shell in their Offshore Structures department.

Where's Finlay?
Where's...

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Three Top Tips To Making The Most of Your CivEng Parents

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It was the first Thursday of the year and 164 was packed to the rafters, there were rumours of the line stretching all the way back to South Ken station. Luckily most of the freshers had made it to the packed out lecture theatre, it was time. They were about to meet Batman. Batman did not disappoint, he came undercover as a CivEng "Dad" and walked out of 164 with four lucky children, but that is another tale for another day. Here's a guide of how to make the most of your CivEng parents:

3. Keep In Contact

This is only the second year the scheme has been running, so it's still very much...

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CivSoc Tournament Pirouettes In To The History Books

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The entire Skempton descends on Wembley
The entire Skempton descends on Wembley

Wembley, the home of this nation’s football, and a fitting venue for CivSoc’s now annual football tournament. The tournament itself had humble beginnings last year, as Rachel Ribeiro, your CivSoc chair for those of you who have been hiding under a rock and not reading LIVIC, took it upon herself to start something new and leave her mark on the CivSoc calendar. Last year we descended on West London, this year, under the watchful eye of Wembley Stadium, we descended on Powerleague, home to 5 a side football. Fate almost shot down the event in the...

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Ph.D. Interview: Marcos Rodrigeuz

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Not his actual PhD
Not his actual PhD

Hi, my name is Marcos Rodriguez and I am about to start the 3rd year of my PhD in the Skempton. My research is in the Fluid Mechanics section and I focus on nonlinear wave-structure interaction of floating bodies, with an application to wave-energy converters (no, this does not mean I play around in the wave basin all day).

What was the highlight of your degree?

I would probably say building the Gherkin in Constructionarium and my third year Group Design Project.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In an ideal world, I’ll be working for a large offshore...

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Hot Topic: Crossrail

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The Crossrail Route
The Crossrail Route

Another month, another hot topic bought to you by LIVIC! Last month we talked about Building Information Modelling and this month we are moving in to the world of transport to talk about Crossrail. There are a few major transport projects happening at the moment including High Speed 1, but I thought Crossrail would be the most relevant as we are all in London and could therefore relate to the benefits more.

So what it Crossrail? It’s 118km of track going East to West right through the centre of London, it’s a project that encapsulates 38 stations, 8 new stations and...

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