Research & Development at Ramsay Maunder Associates
Research & Development at Ramsay Maunder Associates. Presented at the University of Surrey, 9th November 2016.
This seminar was arranged following correspondence between Angus Ramsay and Juan Sagaseta of the University of Surrey. Juan had seen and solved, correctly, the ‘And Finally …’ question posed in the August edition of the IStructE’s ‘The Structural Engineer’. Ramsay Maunder Associates (RMA) was established as a partnership in 2004 and incorporated in 2009. The aim of the company was/is the commercial exploitation of Equilibrium Finite Elements (EFE) as a useful addition to the practising engineers’ tool kit. The work has been self‐funded, through undertaking commercial contracts as specialists in finite element analysis. During the years a software tool (EFE) has been developed for, amongst others, the lower bound limit analysis of reinforced concrete (RC) slabs and steel plates. RMA are working in collaboration with LimitState (a spinout company from the University of Sheffield) with a view to incorporating EFE, for RC slabs, into their existing upper bound (yield line) software (SLAB). Over the last 18 months, a significant effort has been involved in writing articles for an audience of practising engineers, illustrating the virtues of the EFE method both for RC and for steel.
"Angus Ramsay, Technical Director of RMA, visited the University of Surrey in late 2016 and presented a seminar titled ‘Research & Development at Ramsay Maunder Associates’ to my final year students on the Civil Engineering courses. The seminar presented a range of advanced topics, including limit analysis, verification and equilibrium methods. Whilst these were difficult topics for my students to deal it was presented in a friendly and easy manner and with skilled use of student questioning in order to maintain interest."