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THE Chairman, Mr. Martyn Noel Ridley, M.Inst. C.E., suggested that the author should give a short synopsis of his paper, indicating the line which he wished the discussion to take.
ABOUT three months ago I was rash enough to allow my name to go forward as the chief advocate of reinforced concrete in this discussion, but I felt quite safe because I knew that I had got the better end of the stick. The advantages of reinforced concrete
are so obvious, and the disadvantages of structural steel so patent that I have really
very little to do, whereas, thought I, my friend, Mr. Hodgkinson has let himself in for a pretty tough job. Anyhow, when I found that there was only a week or so to go, I sat down to make out my case, and as I did so, I realised that even the best of cases must be carefully thought out beforehand. I realised that there would be men present, who, like most men born of woman, would not be entirely given to logical reasoning. Furthermore, I realised that many a righteous cause has been lost because it relied too much upon reason, and did not take into account the impressionable and illogical side of man’s nature.
In July, 1927, the Institution of Structural Engineers issued a report entitled "Steelwork for Buildings." Part II of this report deals with Steelwork Connections, which subject is divided into (A) Eccentrically Loaded Rivet Groups, and (B) Connections: Beams to Beams. The main purpose of this report was to assist in the introduction of ,a standard method of calculation and to encourage the use of standard types of connections.
Professor W.G. Sutton