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No name is held in greater honour among engineers than that of John Smeaton, for he
was one of the powerful and original personalities who, nearly a hundred years ago,
created the profession of engineering. At the time when he first turned his attention to constructive design almost the only mechanical work of importance was executed by millwrights and others at labourers' wages. The educated classes eschewed mechanical callings, which were neither regarded as honourable or remunerative, and that Smeaton should have felt so strongly impelled to depart from the usual course and enter upon
such a line of occupation must be attributed entirely to his innate love of construction.
A. Trystan Edwards
In this year of Grace, 1925, there is a humorous aspect to an effort to show cause why concrete, with its 2,000 years’ history of strength and endurance, should not impose itself as a dead load on that sturdy infant of construction, the steel joist, which was only born in the 188O’s, but on the contrary that its ability to contribute to the mutual support should be recognised.
W. Basil Scott
THE re-building of Regent Street affords many interesting examples of steel construction. In many cases the irregularity of the site plan, the architectural designs to render the buildings artistic and attractive, and the internal arrangements desired by the owner, make it necessary to resort to considerable ingenuity in designing the steel framing, which has to carry the floors and the roof, the partition walls and some portion of outer walls as well.