Welcome to readle.co.uk Engineering Tools and Guidance, a website dedicated to providing useful tools and resources for all branches of Engineering.

About the Author

readle.co.uk Engineering Tools and Guidance was created by me, Doug Readle in 2019 to provide useful information, tools and articles to Civil Engineers of all experiences. I am a UK based Chartered Civil Engineer specialising in the design, assessment and inspection of bridges and heavy civil structures on the UKs road and rail network.

In my professional life I am a Technical Director for Inertia Consulting based in Derby. I have a variety of experience wthin the bridge engineering field, from maintenance and inspection, through to assessment and design of major structures. My specialism lies in applying technology and software programming to problems, hopefully this is evident in the site content!

In addition to my professional work I also undertake voluntary work for the Friends of Cromford Canal, a canal restoration society based in Derbyshire, I currently sit on their Strategic Restoration Committee. Away from Engineering I enjoy walking and running as well as sitting in country pubs drinking real ale, mitigating any health benefits from the exercise.

About the Site

readle.co.uk Engineering Tools and Guidance is designed to be a repository of useful information, guides, tools and support for all branches of Engineering, for the use of the Engineering profesional, students and interested members of the public alike. The information on the website is provided free of charge to all users, if you wish to use extracts or images on the site, acknowledgement or reference would be appreciated.

Although the author's specialism lies within the field of Bridge Engineering, guest articles from professionals in other fields also contribute to the site content. Guest author's are acknowledged at the start of any authored conctent, for these contributions the author is indebted.

If you have any comments, queries or requests for specific content, please don't hesitate to contact the Author using the "Contact" page of the website. Similarly, if you would like to contribute to the website community keep an eye out for the upcoming Forum or feel free to contact me directly if you wish to publish an article.

I hope you find the website useful!


Producing this website has been a labour of love since 2018, it would not have been possible without the help and support of a number of people.

Chief amongst these is my partner, Ellie, who has provided advice, encouragement and support throughout and has often had to put up with a moody engineer complaining about images not centring properly or bending moment diagrams "not playing ball". You are the better part of me, without which life would be duller and greyer.

I would also like to thank my family and friends who have provided advice, motivation and also put up with me droning on about HTML, PHP, Javascript and frameworks ad nauseam.

Finally, I would like to thank the many engineers I have worked with and learned from throughout my education and career. While largely too numerous to name, I would like to particularly thank my father, John Readle, who initially encouraged me to try the career I now love. Without his support and advice I would not have become an engineer or have launched a website. I would additionally like to thank him for his thorough check and review of the website content.

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The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by www.readle.co.uk and while I endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, I make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will I be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. This website provides information and guidance only, any information presented is not a substitute for professional engineering knowledge, skill and experience.

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Any views expressed within this website are my own and do not reflect the views of any company, organisation or institution that the author may work for or be a member of.

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