IRF Newsletter

Innovation & Research Focus (IRF) is a quarterly newsletter on ‘practical applications of innovation & research in construction and the built environment’. Published since 1990, IRF is a sponsor-led publication that reaches all members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and other industry professionals. Organised by the ICE on behalf of IRF sponsors (which includes the ICE), the newsletter is aimed at influencing the practical engineering and built environment communities with news from the research and innovation community – policies, research programmes, new project starts, outputs and/or impacts.

This established newsletter has been in publication for over twenty years and allows organisations with their own programmes of innovation and research related to construction and the built environment, and those organisations with connections to industry or academic projects, to promote their work.



The by-line ‘Practical Applications for Construction and the Built Environment’ is a deliberate choice, seeking to focus on applications in civil and structural engineering and related disciplines. Such disciplines include:

Acoustics Infrastructure
Assessment & Rating Tools Information Technology (IT)
Bridges Management & Risk Management
Building Envelopes Maritime
Building Information Modelling Modelling & Testing
Buildings Research & Innovation
Carbon & Climate Change Reservoirs
Coastal Engineering & Environment Resources & Waste
Construction Management Safety
Construction, Refurbishment & Repair Smart Cities
Design Structures
Dredging Support to Standards
Energy Sustainability
Environment Transport
Flooding Waste Management
Geotechnics Water
Health & Safety  
Historical Engineering and more...

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Innovation & Research Focus has a current electronic distribution of 82,000 and more than 700 hard copies are sent to those who request a physical copy. It is also available online both on the IRF website to read & download and is also published as an e-Book.

It is distributed to:

  • >80,000 Institution of Civil Engineers members
  • including 16,000 overseas
  • all SCi members
  • other sponsors’ members and contacts
  • and >700 other individuals requesting the newsletter.



IRF sponsors wish to promote the benefits of research and innovation, improve contacts between industry and researchers, encourage investment by industry in research and innovation and in the use of results in practice, and facilitate collaboration between all parties involved. Articles may be reproduced, provided the source is acknowledged.

The current ‘Research and Professional Institution’ Sponsors are drawn from Government Departments, professional Institutions, Universities, Centres of Research and representative organisations.

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