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Valuable Resources for Civil Engineering Students

by Good Foundations Engineering Tutors

In your later years of study, you will be performing project design tasks that simulate the work required of a practicing engineer. There are a number of resources available to help with these tasks that will also be useful in the years to come as a graduate engineer.

Institution memberships (UK-based)

A student membership in professional institutions is valuable to students for two reasons. Firstly a student membership entitles you to access resources useful to your studies including design guides and manuals. The Institution of Structural Engineers (IstructE) publishes a series of technical guidance notes that set out clearly how to perform design tasks such as designing steel and concrete elements to the Eurocodes.

They also provide guidance on areas less well covered in university and likely useful for your design projects such as best practices for engineering drawings and typical construction methods.

Secondly, a student membership of a professional institution is attractive to employers who will see it as a sign that you are dedicated to the profession, and already starting on the path to becoming a chartered engineer. When you graduate you are able to move along the pathway of the institutions to become a graduate member, before embarking on your development to become a fully chartered member. For the IstructE the final stage is a 1-day technical examination.

Companies that value chartered engineers are more likely to be employers committed to technical excellence and ethical engineering practice. They are also more likely to support their young engineers to become chartered.

Find out more about the IstructE membership here

Structural Engineers Pocket Book

The Structural Engineers Pocket Book is a valuable resource for practicing engineers and engineering students. Useful chapters cover:

  • Design data: typical weights, typical loads

  • Shortcut tools for structural analysis

  • Timber/Masonry/Reinforced Concrete/Structural Steel/Composite Steel and Concrete/Structural Glass

  • Sustainability

The pocketbook is a useful resource to have handy for quick concept design stage calculations. It is available free to read online for members of the IstructE, or can be purchased online for approximately £20.