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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.
This is Fred May’s impression of some of the members and guests present at the Annual Dinner of the Institution, which was held at the Dorchester Hotel, London, W., on the 23rd March. The sketch is reproduced by courtesy of “The Architects’ Journal.”
In most cases of compound beams and built-up girders it is customary, in order to obtain an economical design, to vary the moment of inertia of the section throughout the length of the beam by curtailing the flange plates in accordance with the reduction of the B.M. at the respective sections.