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A REVIEW of structural engineering in Malaya, covering the years 1920 to 1934, is largely a review of the development and use of reinforced concrete as a structural material. Prior to 1920 reinforced concrete was comparatively little used, bricks and
mortar being the materials generally employed for buildings, steel was universally employed for bridges, and mass concrete was the usual material for reservoirs, storage tanks, and similar structures. In this connection it may be well to mention that probably the first reinforced concrete structure constructed in Malaya was a ferry boat. Such a craft was built for the Federated Malay States Railway in 1912, by Messrs. Brossard Mopin, a Singapore firm of French engineers, and was employed for transporting goods across the Johore Straits until the Johore Causeway, which is referred to later, rendered the use of ferry boats obsolete.
IT has often been said that wise men do not prophesy; but much of the progress of the world is due to rash men who do things which wise men consider foolish.
Ewart S. Andrews
To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting!
Whereas the Association or Institution incorporated under the Companies Acts, 1862 to 1907, and known as the Institution of Structural Engineers hath petitioned Us for a Charter of Incorporation such as in and by these Presents granted: