In this issue of the Arup Journal, we look at a number of projects as well exploring key areas of engineering interest.

Authors Che-Ming Tse and Duncan Nicholson look at the continuous process of predicting, monitoring, reviewing, and modifying geotechnical designs (The Observational Method) and the advantages of this approach.

Separately, Simon Cardwell, Bob Cather and Steven Groak look to answer the question of 'when do new materials become available to designers and constructors?' Their article takes a fresh look at how materials used in construction may be categorised, and sometimes re-categorised, as their properties and capabilities become more thoroughly understood.

Projects explored in this issue include our work with the Imperial War Museum and its requirements to house its collection of American aircraft including a giant B52 bomber and 20 other aircraft. Learn more about the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa - a new building on the waterfront of the nation's capital.

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The Arup Journal 1997 - Issue 3