A method for the development of a sound, reliable and effective basis of an understanding of structural behaviour. The Brohn Method is based on the testing of three consecutive years’ entry to the Arup Graduate School in the early 1970’s.
Their performance in a test was much less than expected, with a mean score of 35%. Arup then commissioned David Brohn to develop a two-day training course to correct this deficiency.
This course, ‘Developing an Understanding of Structural Behaviour’ has been run continuously since that time for many of the UK and Europe’s structural consultancies.
The significance of the test results was finally recognised by the Institution of Structural Engineers in 2009 who set up a committee to promote the development of this skill in UK Universities. However, in what is a familiar outcome of committees, that objective was lost and what was a once in a generation opportunity to ensure that graduates had a basic understanding, was lost.
The failure of the academic community, with rare exceptions, to develop this skill is not all that surprising; it requires a sound and reliable understanding that can only be achieved with practice that does not fit well into the traditional syllabus.
But the overriding reason for the graduate’s failure is that the reasoning required is not the ability to solve the typical approach in structural analysis; identify the algorithm and solve a linear sequence, but a sound understanding that relies upon a cyclic approach.
Because this skill is so critical in the design process, we have decided to establish a Certification for The Brohn Method.