IStructE Core Objective 1.2 – Communication
Communication is absolutely vital in your role as a structural engineer, so you will almost always find that this objective has been fulfilled without any extra work on your part, and it is just a case of pulling together all these separate elements to demonstrate that you have met the objective.
There are so many different ways in which we communicate with each other. You want to give a good number of different examples, and try to cover a selection of different media:
- Graphical (drawings)
- Mathematical (calculations)
- Verbal (presentations)
Here are some examples, select at least 5 to include in your final report form, and back them up with proof in your portfolio:
- Minutes of a meeting (written by you)
- Formal letter to a client or other professional, about something related to structural engineering – preferably properly formatted on headed paper. (Don't forget there is a whole section of the IStructE Part 3 Exam on writing a letter to a client!)
- Structural report, (e.g. RIBA Stage 3/4 report, describing the structural scheme, with visuals – describe which parts you were responsible for)
- Structural calculations
- Email which you think shows good communication skills, e.g. describing a complicated issue and how to resolve it.
- Hand drawn concept or scheme design sketches
- Computer graphics you have produced in photoshop or sketchup or similar
- Structural drawings, including plans, sections and details
- Renders taken from a model you have produced
- A calculation/excel spreadsheet you have written
- A competition entry you have submitted
- A presentation you have given, e.g. in-house to your colleagues, or in education.
- An interview you attended (e.g. as part of a bidding process to win a job)
- The Honeywood File: An Adventure in Building – Cresswell, H.B.
- Construction Communication – Emmitt, S. and Gorse, C.A.
- Information exchanges: RIBA Plan of Work 2013 guide – Fairhead, R.
- RIBA Plan of work 2013
- Communication for Professional Engineers – Scott, W.P.
- Managing the building design process – Tunstall, G.
What to put in your portfolio
For written examples, you can put them in to provide proof. For verbal examples you could show some slides from a presentation.