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Taster talk: Building frequencies

Dr Paul Shepherd tells us why structures move and shake, and how structural engineers can tune buildings to make them safe.

‘Skyscrapers are getting higher all the time and we are already building one a kilometre high, but it's not the strength of the materials that's the limiting factor.’
Dr Paul Shepherd Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Learning outcomes

  • why civil engineering is important
  • what civil engineers build
  • why buildings move and shake
  • how engineers can make tall buildings safe

Meet the presenter

Find out what inspired Paul to become an engineer, what he's currently researching and what the future of the sector will look like.

Download a teaching activity for this talk

Discuss building frequencies with your class