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Engineering the Kelpies

14 March 2017


At 30m high the Kelpies are an impressive sight for those who pass by everyday on the adjacent M9. Getting up close, as many thousands of visitors to the Helix Park have now done, one finds them even more impressive. What most visitors see are two beautiful works of art, however, they are also shining examples of structural engineering. This presentation will tell their story from initial concept, the creative input of artist Andy Scott and their complex construction process. Opened to the public in April 2014 The Kelpies have been a resounding success and serve as a reminder of the continuing input structural engineering has into the built environment.

Speaker: Tim Burton: Sales & Marketing Manager, SH Structures Limited.
Tim has worked in the steel construction industry for 38 years, initially training as land surveyor before moving into construction in 1979. His first structural project saw him working as a Junior Site Engineer for a Sir William Arrol/Alexander Findlay joint venture and since then Tim has been involved in numerous steel construction projects throughout the UK and Overseas, including major structures such as high rise buildings, offshore oil platforms and suspension bridges.


Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ United Kingdom


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David Millar
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