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THE author’s first impression on arriving in Mandalay was that the buildings there were
subjected to a concertina action resulting in bending stresses causing the cracks which had, in some cases, been sufficiently serious to merit the reconstruction of the building. This impression was supported by the type of cracks found.
Letters this month raise concerns about the the forces cited in an article published in May 2015 on assessing the capacity of the Grand Parade stone balustrade in Bath, UK; as well as considering structural safety margins and code discrepancies in relation to steel web buckling.
Box-girder bridge collapses, Brexit and the Eurocodes, the future of structural engineering and professional indemnity insurance are a few of the topics inspiring readers to write in this month.