October 2, 2015

Make A Scape, an adventure in engineering, available on iTunes store.

Think Up have released their latest innovation, Make A Scape: an apocalyptic educational engineering app, designed for school children and undergraduates. Make A Scape helps users develop a tacit understanding of structural behaviour through an imaginative interface, and future world

December 5, 2014

PushMePullMe FAQs

Workshed PushMePullMe simulators (including Catastrophe and PushMePullMe 3D) are written in Java – a computer language that is used extensively in many different applications. To use PushMePullMe, Catastrophe and PushMePullMe3D you’ll need a desktop or laptop computer running the latest


October 24, 2014

Sneak peek at our latest structural game

Earlier this year we announced the launch of our structural games initiative in which we will create a suite of new apps for learning about structural engineering. Today we issued our first concept development report to our funders, and can

August 24, 2014

Funding agreed for Bare Essentials of Bridge Mechanics

Following the launch earlier this year of the Bare Essentials of Soil Mechanics we are pleased to say that we have agreed funding to start producing the second set in the series, the Bare Essentials of Bridge Mechanics. The expertise

May 15, 2014

PushMePullMe 3D in Berlin

UDK Berlin and Push Me Pull Me 3D

  We recently received an email from Gregory Quinn, a scientific researcher at the Department for Engineering Design and Technology at the University of Arts in Berlin. Gregory works under Professor Gengnagel, and is also a structural engineer with Arup.


January 12, 2013

Launching the 2013 Expedition Workshed fund-raising campaign

When we launched Workshed in 2010, we used the Expedition Engineering website as template. This helped us get moving and achieve impact and demonstrate the concept quickly. Now that the concept has been demonstrated, we need to address the many

December 19, 2012

Beta testing of the new Push Me Pull Me begins – join the gang

We are nearly there folks!  Today we have invited our generous community of users to help us test the latest version of PMPM before we launch it on the Workshed Site. If all goes well we are optimistic we shall have


December 14, 2012

Workshed now back online

Workshed is now back online. We know it is frustrating that site has been down so thank you for your patience while we’ve been away. Do let us know if this has impacted you in any way.

December 13, 2012

Workshed offline

We have had to take Workshed offline temporarily. This is because a sister site on the same server was hacked and was infecting users with malware. We hope the site will be back on line over the weekend. We sincerely

November 30, 2012

Talking structures with sculpture students at the University of Brighton.

Today I gave a talk called a ‘World Tour of Structural Form’ at the sculpture department at the University of Brighton. I was invited by Tom Grimsey who had seen me give a similar talk in Brighton at Cafe Scientifique.

Large Group Teaching and Textwall

I have been working with Chris Wise and Ed McCann at UCL to help develop the approach to teaching Design to budding Civil Engineers. Whilst I have lots of experience  working with learners, this has been  in much smaller groups


November 19, 2012

Diana and Ed Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at The OU

Last Friday Ed and I paid a visit to the OU in Milton Keynes.  As former students neither of us had ever been on the OU campus. Our trip brought back memories of parcels of books, videos and audio tapes

November 16, 2012

Beginning the re-design of Workshed…

In the two years since Workshed has been online we have had lots of really positive feedback. The persistent criticism that we are faced with is the fact that the website is Flash-based. The site was originally created using the

November 15, 2012

Workshed big in Texas

We see from our analytics that a whole bunch of people logged on to Workshed in the city of Austin Texas. That would be our friends at the University of Texas at Austin would it? In other news, we are

Workshed operating strategy now available for download

We have made our operating startegy for the year available for download. If you are interested, then take a look here. This and other useful documents about Workshed are also available from the ‘Spreading the Word about Workshed’ page on

November 7, 2012

Children try to demolish the Stockton Bridge!

Six hundred school children (years 7-12) gathered together on 18th October at the “Energise Your Future” event in Norwich. With the assistance of staff from UEA they learned how structures stand up by playing the game “Catastrophe”. It looks like

October 29, 2012

Prince Philip loves “PushMePullMe”

RAE’s newly renovated London home was formally opened by Prince Philip and renamed “Prince Philip House”.  We were delighted to be invited by the RAE to demonstrate “PushMePullMe”.  Check out the ‘photos of Gennaro Senatore and Ed McCann strutting their


October 1, 2012

“Catastrophe” a success at the European Research in Cyprus Event

“Catastrophe” is a greek word that means “disaster”. Last Friday night, at the European Research in Cyprus Event (also known as “The Researcher’s Night” an FP7 Marie Curie Action), Catastrophe was no way near being a disaster but rather a great

September 24, 2012

International turnout for first ever Workshed Developer Conference

A big thank you to everyone who attended our inaugural Expedition Workshed Developer Conference last Friday. It was a chance for twenty of our most enthusiastic supporters from universities around the country to meet each other and to tell us

September 20, 2012

Institution of Structural Engineers Academic Conference

We’ll be down at the Institution of Structural Engineers Academic Conference today to talk to university staff about how we can collaborate to develop more resources for Workshed. And of course tomorrow we have our own Developer Conference. And if

September 19, 2012

News from the University of West of England

At the annual Constructionarium luncheon last week I had the pleasure of John Savage from the University of West of England who was telling me about how Workshed is being used to support structural engineering teaching at UWE. We had


More gherkin bashing on a giant screen

Catastrophe on a giant screen! Again…After the success of last week’s event at UCL, this time Catastrophe is travelling South of the river. You’ll get another chance to have a go at deconstructing the Eiffel Tower or the Gherkin at A


September 10, 2012

Catastrophe with 24 bit sound – showing at UCL on Wednesday 12th September

This week we’re taking one of Workshed’s most popular features to a whole new level. At the Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering Open Day, September 12th, some of UCL’s best research will be showcased, including a rather epic take on

August 28, 2012

Helping you spread the word about Workshed

I often find myself composing a quick email to let someone know about Workshed. I am sure other Workshed enthusiasts find themselves doing the same, so I have created a page that has text which I use in emails about

Announcing the Expedition Workshed Developer’s Conference – 21st September 2012

We are pleased to announce that places are now available for the first Expedition Workshed developer conference. This is our chance to say a big thank you to all the people who have been involved in the development of Workshed.

July 20, 2012

Catastrophe in use – supporting students at the Energy Engineering Summer School

This just in from Lawrence Coates at University of East Anglia. Thanks Lawrence for sharing news of Workshed in use. “As part of the first Energy Engineering Summer School at UEA 21 year 12 pupils from schools around the UK

July 12, 2012

Sustainability – what’s the issue

I have been reviewing materials on this site – http://core.materials.ac.uk/search/?=undefined&filter=386 and found a Toolkit entitled “Integrating Sustainability into Design Education – the Toolkit”.  In my view it is not as comprehesive in its coverage as the Workshed resource “Embedding sustainability in

July 11, 2012

Catastrophe game – temporary outage

During the summer, when student usage of Workshed is typically low, we will occasionally be carrying out some maintenance to the site. At present, Catastrophe is temporally unavailable as we transfer Workshed to a more secure hosting service. Catastrophe will


June 22, 2012

Bridge Builder Games Added to Workshed

We’ve just added a selection of bridge builder games to Workshed. They all require you to design increasingly complex bridges with fewer and fewer resources. The games are posted in the Models/Games section of the Workshed site, along with our

May 28, 2012

A few notes for the Workshed technical team on how to track comments

This post is for Gennaro and Diana, and anyone else who is interested in tracking technical queries related to Workshed. One of the reasons for setting up this blog was to make it easier for developers to and users to

How do I make the video button go away on the videos on Workshed

I’ve had a few emails from people asking me how to make the play or pause sign go away when they are watching video on the Workshed site (the image above shows the play sign that you want to disappear

May 24, 2012

News in from the University of Kent, Canterbury

On a snowy morning in January I took the train down to the University of Kent, Canterbury to help out in Ben Godber’s Structure and Form at the Architecture School. Following previous discussions about how Workshed could be used to

April 24, 2012

Practical Guidance on Teaching Sustainability Now Available on Workshed

Now available for download from the Workshed website, a new report full of practical suggestions for how sustainability can be enhanced in civil engineering teaching.  Think Up produced the report, with funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the

Back online – again

It looks like we have resolved our problems with Workshed access over the weekend. We are taking steps to make the site more robust, and we will give more information once we have taken these steps. Please do let us

April 23, 2012

Workshed offline until later this morning

Hello again, I regret to inform users that the Workshed site will remain off line until later this morning. The bug problems that we had with site have now been fixed, and our hosting company is reinstating the site as

April 20, 2012

Back on line

We are back on line. Apologies for the temporary outage. Please do let us know if we have inconvenienced you. Oliver

Workshed temporarily off line

We regret that we are currently experiencing a technical hitch with the Workshed website which has caused us to take the site off line. We hope to be back on line as soon as possible, and we will post any

March 28, 2012

Who Uses Workshed? – Analytics to March 2012

We now have two months of analytics data for Workshed. The headline figures are 4716 visits by 2742 unique visitors, which shows that 42% of people using the site are returning visitors. The average time spent on the site is 5:25

March 18, 2012

Evaluating Push Me Pull Me Worksheets

It has been almost a year since we received funding from HESTEM to develop worksheets for the Push Me Pull Me model. In collaboration with professors Lawrence Coates and Iain McLeod we were able to pin point a few of

March 16, 2012

Help for creating new content

We are working with more and more people to create content for Workshed. I am going to start uploading tools to this blog to make the collaboration process easier. As a starting point I have created a proforma to help gather

February 20, 2012

Workshed – A model Online Educational Resource for Students

After a recent conversation with Oliver, he invited me to become an author of this blog and share the views and intentions of my current dissertation topic, “How online educational resources can benefit the qualitative understanding of structural behaviour.”  Upon substantial research

February 15, 2012

Workshed: Big in Canada

January’s update to the Workshed site gave us access to Google Analytics data for the first time. Two weeks’ data make for fascinating reading. The Pont de Quebec is the world’s longest single span cantilever bridge   In the two weeks since

February 6, 2012

Catastrophe drawing competition for architecture students at the University of Kent

If you are one of the students studying architecture at the University of Kent who took part in the Workshed seminar then this competition is for you. We want to see what kind of structures you can produce using the

January 2, 2012

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it

December 14, 2011

Antarctic Design Workshop Now Available on Workshed

I have just uploaded the first in a new series of design workshops that we are making available on Workshed. The Antarctic Research Station project is based on the real design competition held in 2004 to design a replacement for

November 21, 2011

Talking to the ICE about using Workshed in schools

This is evening I am giving a presentation at a meeting at the Institution of Civil Engineers about resources that engineering ambassadors can use when running activities at schools to inspire school children about engineering. We recognised about a year ago


November 15, 2011

Update – Push Me Pull Me Worksheets

These are on their way soon… As the worksheets are image-rich, we have experienced a few glitches getting them compressed to a size suitable for download online. We hope to have these published to the Undergraduate Staffroom by 25th November.

Talking Workshed at Brighton University

I am delighted to have been given the chance to go to Brighton University at the beginning of December. I have been invited to give a lecture to 80 first year students who are studying basic structural engineering. Whilst these students have already

October 5, 2011

How Workshed is being used at Coventry University

(photo from the Red Window at Coventry Catherdral) Dr Neil Tsang is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Building at Coventry University, and uses Workshed as part of his teaching. He very kindly

September 23, 2011

Bath time

I scooted up to the University of Bath this afternoon to update Tim Ibell and Antony Darby on the latest developments of Workshed. We mostly talked about how to use the new physics engine to create a new suite of

Workshed at the IABSE Symposium

Gennaro and I presented Expedition Workshed at the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) Symposium yesterday as part of poster session. The poster summarised a paper by Gennaro, Ed and Angela titled: ‘Expedition Workshed: Engineering education for the 21st


September 13, 2011

Teaching Structural Stability to Architects

During our conversation we spent time looking at how the Catastrophe game can be used to set up examples of different types of structural form for architects to explore. As part of the updates to Workshed for the new academic year, we intended to

September 12, 2011

Push-Me-Pull-Me tutorial sheets – project update

Earlier this month, Stylios Yiatros at Brunel University sent us the completed set of tutorials and teaching resources on which he has been leading the development. We are now developing a new format for the tutorial sheets so that they can be presented in

Stunning new concrete videos now live on Workshed

The new suite videos resources  about the behaviour of concrete is now live on the Expedition Workshed site. Follow this link to access the videos on the Workshed site. We produced this set of videos with funding from CONSTRUCT and in collaboration with Imperial College

August 23, 2011

New concrete videos coming soon

Think Up is in the final stages of editing eight new videos for the concrete section of Stuff Failure. These videos were funded by CONSTRUCT and were shot at Imperial College Civil and Environmental Engineering materials testing laboratory. This exciting addition to


August 18, 2011

A new blog for our first birthday

Expedition Workshed will soon be one year old. This summer we are preparing the website for its second year in service. From the very start Expedition Workshed has been a collaboration between people who share a keen interest in improving

August 10, 2011

Shooting concrete – day one on location

I always find shooting video nerve-racking. There is always a limited window of opportunity to get the shot right. At least when shooting videos of materials exploding, there are no worries about forgetting lines. But in the case of creating

July 25, 2011

Funding from University of Bath for development of Push-Me-Pull-Me

We are delighted that the University of Bath has made funding available to support the further development of Push-Me-Pull-Me. Gennaro Senatore and his team of programmers have set themselves the challenge of updating the real-time solver, originally developed to power the

June 18, 2011

New concrete films to be recorded at Imperial College and produced by Aeries Films

We are delighted that we will be cooperating with Dr. Sunday Popoola and his time to produce the CONSTRUCT-funded concrete videos that we are producing for Expedition Workshed. The videos will be shot in the civil and environmental engineering department’s newly refurbished

June 10, 2011

CONSTRUCT agrees funding for new concrete Stuff Failure videos

CONSTRUCT, the concrete structures group has agreed to fund the creation of a suite of videos to teach students about the behaviour of reinforced concrete. These will feature in the concrete section of the Stuff Failure room on Workshed.  Think Up will