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THE PRESIDEST, introducing the authors, said that the paper was the result of the combined efforts of a mechanical and a civil engineer. Their work illustrated the valuable way in which the Building Research Station, like so many research establishments, had extended its operations since the war.
It must be true to say that every trade and profession offers some advantages and disadvantages to its nembers, but undoubtedly one of the attractions of structural
engineering is the immense degree of variety that arises in its work and problems.
Clifford E. Saunders
Dr. D. D. Matthews (Past President): In my view the answer to the question raised in the title of this evening’s paper is a simple affirmative. Dr. Beeby has raised a number of interesting points and treated them in a workmanlike manner. He points out the inconsistencies in the way one-way spans are treated, particularly in comparison with two-way slabs supported along their edges, and, to a lesser extent, flat slabs.