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THE PRESIDENT, in tendering the thanks of the members of the Institution to Dr. Salmon, said that he must have had very great courage indeed to have read a paper such as the one he had read. There was a great deal of good food for thought in it, amid a great deal that wouid make people think, which was what the Institution, and all other similar institutions, were out to do. With regard to altering the standard notation, this could not be altered, and he wanted the members to stick to it. (Laughter.) If they did not understand Dr. Salmon’s notation, then let them get a book and look it up. The greater part of the members would understand Dr. Salmon’s notation as well as they understood the standard notation. He had been very interested in the last slide, showing the work done in Germany, and it was up to us to do the same thing. He was looking forward to the time when the Government, having spent enough on the various schemes they had on hand, would advance some money for research on the lines indicated. The research could not be done privately. The manufacturers were already spending a vast amount of money in this country, and until the Government came to our aid we should never be able to do what the Germans and others were doing.
A meeting of the Institution was held at Denison House, Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, S.W., on Thursday, March 20, 1924, the President, Major James Petrie, O.B.E., M.I.Struct.E., in the chair, when a paper on “The Inspection and Testing of Structural Materials” was read by Mr. H. J. Davey, M.B.E., M.I.Struct.E.
THE present membership of the Institution of Structural Engineers, and its comparison with the figures for the two previous years, is shown in the following table:-