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Mr. T. D. Shephard (Member) said that, at about the same time as the building described by the authors had been under construction, his firm had been concerned
in the design of a 16-storey office building for the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria, to be erected on a site between the Marina and Broad Street, jointly occupied at that time by the Public Works Department, the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). On the same site at about the same time the NPA had intended building a new six-storey office building.
Introducing his paper, Mr. Partridge said there were one or two points that might be emphasized.
The end product of the Joint Committee’s effort was, simply, a method that could be used in design offices to establish the beams and columns of a fully rigid building
frame, the kind of frame so eminently suitable for welding. Judged as a solution to a problem of great complexity and compared with the many procedures investigated, the method could be said to embody simplicity and accuracy to a degree quite beyond earlier expectations-and even hopes. Its accuracy was vouched for by the research specialists on the Joint Committee. The meeting provided the opportunity for wider consideration of the value of the method in terms of its practical application and further development.
A warm welcome will be given by all members to Mr. D. A. G. Reid, BSc(Eng), MIStructE,
MICE, President of the Institution 1965-66, who takes office on 7 October.