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AN Ordinary Meeting of the Institution of Structural Engineers was held at 11, Upper Belgrave Street, London, S.W.1, on Thursday November 4th, 1943, Major A.H.S. Waters, V.C., D.S.O., M.C., M.Inst.C.E., M.I.Mech.E., M.1.Struct.E. (President), in the Chair.
The purpose of the meeting was to hear an address by Mr. George Hicks, M.P. (Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works), on the work and organisation of the Ministry.
During the passage of the intense depressibns and their secondaries over the British Isles, gales are of frequent occurrence, and as it is during these gales that the highest winds are experienced it will be well to define the term "gale" at this stage.
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. '