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NEWS UPDATE: Dr David Brohn has been awarded the President’s Award by the Institution of Structural Engineers, in recognition of his visionary approach to the education of students and graduates in structural engineering. It is only the second President’s Award ever made by the Institution. David's 'Brohn Test' is used by educators and employers across the UK to measure and embed an understanding of structural behaviour in students and employees, and his extraordinary efforts have underpinned the Institution's own new Structural Behaviour Course.

Tim Ibell said: “The concept of ensuring that our graduates have a profound understanding of structural behaviour has a long and interesting history within the Institution. But in the more modern era, there is one member who stands out as a visionary. Dr David Brohn pioneered the ‘Brohn Test’, as it is affectionately known, in the early 1970s, leading the way in evidence-based tracking of the level of understanding of structural behaviour amongst graduates, ensuring that structural behaviour is learned in universities in an appropriate manner.

“His passion for the importance of this issue across the industry was far ahead of its time, and now that the Institution has its own Structural Behaviour Course firmly in place, it seems fitting that David be recognised appropriately for his pioneering work. It is with the greatest of pleasure that I have decided that Dr David Brohn should receive the President’s Award for 2015. It is a rare honour, and richly deserved.”

Dr Brohn said: “I have been a member of the Institution for over 50 years and it has been a major part of my professional life, so I am pleased and honoured to receive this Award.”

Dr Brohn will receive the award at the Institution’s Annual ‘People and Paper Awards’ Luncheon to be held in London during June 2016.

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Developed by E-Training Systems Limited (ETS), this website offers a unique learning opportunity for structural engineers at all levels. Following one of the available courses will help you increase your understanding, test your knowledge, and gain an approved CPD certificate at any time - without even leaving your desk. It is free to register and browse the list of courses.

Discounts for members of The Institution of Structural Engineers are now available in line with the World Bank banding for incomes. This will give you up to 75% discount, depending on your country of residence. Exact discounts will be confirmed once you have registered and entered your membership number. Student members will receive an additional discount of 75%. Note that VAT is not included in any course prices on this site. Appropriate VAT will be shown on your invoice.

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E-Training News

24 Jun 2016

Taught courses at IStructE

We have got off to a flying start with enrolments on the Behaviour course as soon as it was offered. Please register at Hope to see you there.

31 Mar 2016

IStructE will be running courses From Autumn 2016

The Institution will be running taught courses in the Autumn at Headquarters. The dates for my courses are as follows; Understanding Structural Behaviour 5th/6th September and 1st/2nd December. Understanding Structural Design (for which the taught or ETS Behaviour course is a pre-requisite) 26th/27th January 2017. Please contact to register.

10 Mar 2016

Ian Duncan

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Ian Duncan on 26th February after a long illness. Ian was a friend and colleague and the author of the Case Study, 'The Bridge at Cribbs Causeway'. We will miss his energy and expertise.

22 Sep 2015

Structural Behaviour Examination

We are pleased to announce that the Institution of Structural Engineers has launched this initiative and it is live on their website. The background is discussed by Prof Tim Ibell, in his President's address (February 2015 V93 Issue2). One purpose of this examination is to provide a route from Ieng to CEng. But it is clearly stated that the primary objective is to improve the understanding of structural behaviour worldwide. This is a powerful endorsement for the ideas promoted by David Brohn for many years. The e-course, 'Understanding Structural Behaviour' will clearly support this initiative. The link to the supporting textbook is given below.

11 Jun 2015

Updated CPD hours for U Structural Desgn

A review of feedback has confirmed that the study time for this course is greater than our first assessment and we have increased it to 8 hours. There will be no increase in price until we review them in 2016.

01 Jun 2015

University of Limerick

We are pleased to announce that David Brohn has been appointed to the role of External Examiner to the Civil Engineering Department. It promises to be a most interesting experience as the Department has adopted a radically different approach to the course structure which is based on Project Based Learning.

09 Apr 2015

New IStructE President

Prof Tim Ibell, references the pioneering work of David Brohn on the development of an understanding of structural behaviour in his Inaugural Address.Vol 93 (2015) Issue 2.

15 Oct 2014

Understanding Structural Analysis

Great news! We're revising and improving the USA course based on your feedback. It's temporarily offline but we'll be bringing back a newer better version in spring next year. If you're already studying this course, you won't be affected.

24 Apr 2014

ETS is Heartbleed Safe

Many of you will have read in the news recently about the Heartbleed security vulnerability. We're happy to confirm that the E-Training System is not at risk and that any personal details you store on the site are safe.

16 Apr 2014

Understanding Structural Analysis

The third and final course in the suite Understanding Structural Modelling is available today! The course covers the key aspects of the new structural analysis syllabus and bridges the gap between traditional and modern approaches.