Author: Cassie, W Fisher
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Cassie, W Fisher
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
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.
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.