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The Council regret to announce the deaths of Joseph Fawkner BUTLER and Henry James DEANE (Past Presidents); Stanley Edward CHAPLIN, William Henry DUFFETT, James LANNON, Elijah PAGE and Charles Henry WOODFIELD (Members); Charles Stanley CLITHEROE, Percy Sidney DIXON, Thomas McKnight MCCULLOCH and Andrew MITCHELL (Associate-Members).
Mr. DONOVAN LEE (Member of Council), proposing the vote of thanks, said he was very glad to be able to do this because, having made some tests himself of the same type, he could appreciate how much work the authors had had to put into it.
THE title of this paper, whilst being reasonably brief, suffers from the defect that it does not adequately describe the paper. The original request which was made by the Literature Committee was for a paper on a comparison between ordinary factory construction and modern portal frame construction. In an attempt to compress this into the title something may have been lost, so that it is necessary to explain at once that this paper deals with various forms of construction by means of comparisons with the object of criticising and discussing the advantages of the modern portal frame. In order to effect these comparisons it seemed appropriate to consider the relative merits of the forms of construction applied to a particular factory. Such a comparison might lay itself open to the criticism that the comparison applied to a particular case rather than to the general problem, but it will be seen subsequently that the particular case chosen is quite general in its form and possesses few characteristics peculiar to itself.