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The majority of the retaining walls throughout the world are at present constructed by peasants or illiterate village builders who work confessedly upon traditional lines and produce walls that resemble those of their ancestors or their neighbours.
THE subject of policy in engineering design is one about which anyone who thinks at all must think strongly, and therefore, if anything herein seems calculated to give offence, please accept the author’s assurance that criticisms are directed not against individuals, but against a pernicious system.
Gower B.R. Pimm
Mr. H.K.G. Bamber (Chairman), in opening the Congress, said that as Chairman of the Committee appointed by the Institution of Structural Engineers to arrange the affairs of the Congress, it devolved upon him to occupy the chair at this very important meeting, although he felt entirely at sea, and that the President of the Institution ought really to preside. However, it did him very great honour to take the chair, because he realised that, although the Institution of Structural Engineers might be described as rather a young Institution, it had shown very great boldness in calling together delegates from all parts of the world to a conference of this character to discuss some very valuable and important papers which had been presented to the Conference. Welcoming the delegates present at the Conference the Chairman said that the Institution was delighted, and felt highly honoured, at the admirable response which had been made to its invitation by delegates from all parts of the world, and from the various scientific institutions, who had been good enough to favour the
members of the Institution with their presence. The papers which had been presented by the various delegates dealt with very important everyday subjects. They might not be full of abstruse arguments and calculations, but they dealt with subjects which were met, with day by day by the structural engineer, and he hoped that the discussion upon them would be even more valuable than the papers themselves. He asked every delegate present, whether he came with the intention of taliing part in the discussion or not, to do so, in order that the Conference might have the views on the various subjects of representatives of various Institutions, of the cement industry and the building industry, in all parts of the world. The Chairman again welcomed everyone present, and pointed out with what great pleasure the President of the Institution of Structural Engineers and himself, as Chairman of the Entertaining Committee, regarded the very hearty response to their invitation. They trusted that the visit to this country would be of extreme value and pleasure to those taking part in it.