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To the EDITOR of The Structural Engineer. SIR,-A point which has been much stressed
recently (namely, that all local authorities who have control over buildingshould be empowered to permit the use of welding in steel structures, subject to specified codes of practice), has again been brought to the notice of engineers, in the discussion which followed Mr. Helsby's paper.
IN olden days there was little distinction between an engineer and an architect, and
Leonardo da Vinci, for example, was the greatest engineer as well as the greatest
architect of his time, but he probably would have been very surprised if anybody had
attempted to separate these two functions of his activity.
MR. EWART S. AKDREU’S, B.Sc., M.1nst.C.E.. (Vice-
President), proposing a very hearty vote of thanks to
Mr. Helsby for his interesting paper, said he had read a number of papers on the subject of welding, but in this paper Mr. Helsby struck entirely new ground, and had given much interesting and helpful information. Presumably he had not considered it within the scope of the paper to state the relative costs of a riveted and a welded structure, but no doubt many members of the Institution would be very interested to have some information on that matter.