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The Structural Engineer

To be elected Chairman of any Branch of this Institution is a compliment; to be elected the first Chairman of a new Branch is a distinction; to be elected first Chairman of the first Branch to be founded in this country since the Institution was granted a Royal Charter is, in no uncertain sense, an honour. I appreciate gentlemen, the fact that you have selected me to stand at your head in this important venture. It shall be my endeavour during my term of office to promote the aims for which both the Institution and the Branch exist, to bear in mind the interests of our members in the Northern Counties, and to assist you in the responsibility of our position. W. Fisher Cassie

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The Structural Engineer

In recent years the progress of structural engineering has been accelerated by the shortage of certain types of building materials caused by war, necessitating the full use of the natural ingenuity of structural engineers in finding substitutes and by the progress of allied structural fields such as the aircraft industry. Scarcity of timber brought into use light structural sections ; shortage of labour and the requirements of speedier erection, prefabrication. Higher power units in the aircraft industry demanded a more efficient design and the full use of light alloy sections. C.M. Moir and R.M. Kenedi

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The Structural Engineer

Robert Chapman It is with great regret that the Council have learnt of the deaths of two Past Chairmen of the Lancashire and Cheshire Branch, which occurred within a few weeks of each other. Mr. Robert Chapman, who died suddenly on the 25th September, had been a Member of the Institution since 1924. He was Chairman of the Branch and served as Delegate Member of the Council in 1945-1946. Mr. Chapman was fifty-five and was on the staff of Messrs. Banister, Walton and Company, Ltd., of Trafford Park.

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The Structural Engineer

It is to be expected that the whole field of research work at the Building Research Station is of interest to the structural engineer, but in preparing a paper for this Institution it was clearly impracticable to cover this field. It is necessary therefore to explain that the author has chosen to describe a limited number of investigations now proceeding at the Station which were thought to be of particular interest to those concerned with structural engineering design. Two divisions of the Station are concerned primarily with engineering problems, namely the Engineering Division, headed by Dr. N. Davey, and the Soil Mechanics Division, headed by Mr. L. F. Cooling. The author is technically responsible for the structural aspects of the work in the Engineering Division and has therefore confined his remarks in the present paper to this limited field. F.G. Thomas

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The Structural Engineer

Twentieth-century craftmanship based upon the traditional spirit of the ancient craft guilds, is displayed in the pair of candelabra and the cigarette box which have been made from the oak of structural timbers taken from the historic London buildings Westminster House, Staple Inn, and the Charterhouse, all of which date from the 14th to 17th centuries.

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