Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

The Gallery | Sketches from 50 years of engineering

A structural engineer with 50 years of experience has published his sketches in a new book aimed at emphasising the importance of sketching for engineers.

The book – Sketching for Engineers and Architects – is by WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff structural engineer Ron Slade who has worked at the practice for 50 years. It uses Slade’s real work drawings of notable projects including the Shard and the Golden Jubilee Bridges and features over 180 drawings produced while working with architects at Farrells, Renzo Piano, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, and Foster & Partners.

“Even in a technological age sketching remains a very important and practical part of the design process,” said Slade. “I particularly like drawing as it helps me to think and envision a project. I would say I ‘construct’ my drawings and use scale rules and tracing paper, but they aren’t quite the same as architectural drawings which are often spontaneous and visionary.

“However, both professions need communicators, and I hope this book shows that simple hand sketching and drawing still has its place in fast and effective communication.”

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.