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.


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 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

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

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

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

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

November 15, 2011

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

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