About IStructE and the Victorian Branch of IStructE

The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s largest professional body dedicated to structural engineering, having led the profession worldwide for over 100 years. Committed to maintaining high standards, the Institution promotes safety, efficiency, sustainability and excellence in the work of its members. The members are qualified by assessment of their professional competence in structural engineering design and bound by the Institution’s strict code of conduct. As a result, the Institution’s members are recognised worldwide for their technical and professional expertise. Supporting the industry is at the core of the work of the Institution, whether this is through its range of authoritative technical publications, its comprehensive programme of training courses, lectures and debates or services such as a bi-monthly journal and a comprehensive library. The Institution of Structural Engineers has a rich history spanning more than 100 years. Originally founded as The Concrete Institute in London, and now one of the most recognised structural engineering bodies in the world. Read more at the IStructE HQ website.


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“Just do it”

Of the 100 or so members of the Institution of Structural Engineers in Victoria, a few of us were disappointed with the level of activity for working professional structural engineers in Melbourne. So a decade ago, a group of us got together to change the status quo. At an informal meeting of members of the IStructE and Past President Mike Fordyce in Melbourne in November 2007, the idea of forming an active group was first floated. Further members meetings were held at GHD’s offices in Lonsdale Street. The growing consensus was that our group should forge its own identity and purpose in Melbourne where we work and live. During our early discussions, the question was raised ‘what is the most distinctive feature of the IStructE for us individually’. One after another, each participant articulated how the IStructE seven hour examination had been key for personal professional development. We immediately grasped the importance of helping local structural engineers to join us by helping them to pass this examination.

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Structural Engineers

Structural Engineers are essentially problem solvers, and once we saw an opportunity to create something unique in Melbourne, simply determined to do something. We recognised that nothing was going to change, and nothing was going to happen unless we as a group committed to putting in the effort together to make it work.