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ALTHOUGH this paper is intended to deal principally with reinforced concrete as applied to the buildings described, other structural or engineering problems that arose and for which the author was responsible as consulting engineer, are mentioned where they are considered as being of probable interest.
Four different types have been chosen, viz.:
(1) A building of the heavy warehouse type;
(2) A hospital building of light construction:
(3) Buildings and silos in connection with an industrial plant;
(4) A shop and office building.
IN a previous paper read last year before the South African Society of Civil Engineers; the reasons for strengthening of concrete structures were given and some such work was described. This present paper is not so pretentious as to give a complete description of every consideration necessary for the strengthening of all kinds of structures, but it wishes to be only a description of some such jobs carried out in South Africa, with a few personal comments by the author.
Mr. William G. Baird writes :
' Professor Sawko has presented a paper which will be of interest to all engineers who seek a quick and simple solution to the complex problem of analysing the loads and moments carried by a group of piles. However, some doubt exists as to the reliability of the method when it is applied to physical problems. '