The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering
The Institution has over 27,000 members working in 105 countries around the world.
The Institution is an internationally recognised source of expertise and information concerning all issues that involve structural engineering and public safety within the built environment.
The core work of the Institution is supporting and protecting the profession of structural engineering by upholding professional standards and acting as an international voice on behalf of structural engineers.
This site is your local portal for Structural Engineers in Victoria, Australia.
The Institution of Structural Engineers: Shaping the industry for over a century
In 1908, The Concrete Institute was founded as the representative body for professions related to concrete; a relatively new material around that time. The Institute was greatly received and quickly became an important voice across the spectrum of the construction industry, with its membership consisting of architects, engineers, chemists, manufacturers and surveyors.
In 1912, the scope of the Institute was widened to embrace all areas of structural engineering, particularly steel frames. "Structural engineering" was defined as "that branch of engineering which deals with the scientific design, the construction and erection of structures of all kinds of material". This broader focus prompted the change in name which still remains; the Institution of Structural Engineers.
Edwin Sachs (1870-1919) was an esteemed architect and the driving force behind the Concrete Institute. Sachs had many other career successes such as founding the British Fire Prevention Committee in 1897 and founding the influential and respected journal Concrete and Constructional Engineering (1906-1966).
The Concrete Institute was formed with the ambition of representing associated businesses and workers within the construction field, and in becoming an industry expert with the ability of advising on and thus shaping building regulations. A major catalyst for the formation was the rising popularity of the Hennebique and Coignet systems, which had been effectively safeguarded by their owners with patents and legal protection.
Architects felt they were subject to the monopoly of the system owners and believed there was a need for a representative body. Reinforced concrete was being largely overlooked by existing engineering institutions causing a void of information, design guidance and representation for those wishing to work with the new material. Having a representative body at this time was also crucially important in shaping and influencing the London Building Acts, which at the time made no provision for reinforced concrete.