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A joint meeting of the Institution of Structural Engineers and the British Section of the Societe des Ingenieurs Civils de France was held at 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London, S.W.1, on Thursday, 6th February, 1947, when a paper on “The Thermic Drilling of Concrete and Stone,” by M. Maurice Lebrun (translated by Mr. Peter Gerard), was presented.
The practical nature of much of the engineer’s work renders him very conscious of the words Cost and Economy. Yet, familiar as these words are, the subject is not very prominent in engineering text books, or in papers before Engineering Institutions, and though this question of economy is fundamental to engineering design, even to-day cases are found where economy is related inappropriately to first cost.
Sir Frank Gill
On 20 July last, under ref. BRA/1068/2, the DOE addressed the letter given below to local authorities, new town development corporations, etc. The letter contains an assessment of the BRE Report on the failure of roof beams at Sir John Cass's Foundation and Red Coat Church of England Secondary School, Stepney, and sets out a programme of action for inspection and assessment. Attached to the letter was an annex 'Suggestions for testing high alumina cement concrete' which is published on page 326.