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SIR,--I have been eagerly anticipating Mr. Andrews’s paper on the above subject, and your March issue to hand this morning has enabled me to read it with pleasure.
On November 23rd of last yeart I had the honour of reading a paper before the Institution of Structural Engineers, on the subject of Building Regulations in which
attention was directed to the general law of building in the country, and passing reference was made to a limited number of towns where building is controlled directly by provisions in an Act or Acts of Parliament confined to that town alone.
C. Roland Woods
WHEN a structural engineer designs a foundation, he requires to know the capacity of his subsoil, not only on the surface, or at the date of erection of the superstructure,
but throughout its depth and throughout the period of time during which his structure is expected to last. The properties of the materials he uses above ground and for his
footings are so well known and so standardised both in manufacture and use that few erectors and designers realise the amount of observation, experiment, and control of characteristics on which depends the knowledge that enables them to calculate the amount of steel needed for a floor beam or a bridge member, or the amount of concrete needed for a column.