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As Mr. Pimm has not indicated in his discussion just how the bearing capacity of a site may be estimated from measurements of the soil shear strength, it may be of interest to give an example.
THE House of Commons is a building contained within the Palace of Westminster. It is not visible from the outside, either on the land or river side, since other buildings of the Palace intervene. The original Palace was much damaged by fire in 1512, but was completely burnt down in 1834, and re-built in its present form in the years immediately following, in the perpendicular Gothic style, the Architect being Sir Charles Barry. Much of the decorative work was done by Sir Charles Barry's assistant, Pugin, who subsequently rose to great eminence in his profession.
The opportunity to use a universally accepted, objective, and comprehensive guide to assessing crack damage in existing buildings is an appealing idea to every engineer involved in this field. It would no doubt be welcomed by the loss adjusters who have to advise insurers on claims, by chartered surveyors who often call in engineers for advice, and by Building Control Officers who have to vet and approve our solutions.
Mr. S.V. Thomson