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The last ordinary general meeting of the Institution of Structural Engineers, for the 1923-24 session, was held at Denison House, Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, S.W.1, on Thursday, May 22, 1924. The President (Major James Petrie, O.B.E., M.Inst.T., etc.),
occupied the Chair, and a paper on “Economics in Concrete,” by Mr. B. Price Davies, F.S.I., M.S.A., M.R.San;I.,A.M.T.P.L., A.I.Struct.E., was read, and the following discussion ensued.
THIS subject is of particular importance in these times of shortage of bricks and skilled labour, since concrete block building provides a simple means of obtaining a really satisfactory substitute for the older methods, and offers a solution to the present difficulties.
Major W.H. Smith
SINCE the year 1920 the Compagnie de la Fonte électrique, at Bex, has been manufacturing an aluminous cement, which it has placed on the market under the name of Electro-Cement. This article, produced in accordance with the formulae of the French chemist Bied, has been subjected in Switzerland to various interesting uses, advantage
being taken of its rapid and high mechanical resistance, with two or three days’ hardening, and its chemical unalterability in the presence of selenitic waters.
Professor A. Paris