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Mr. Peter Dunican, introducing his paper, said that the title ‘ The art of structural engineering ’ had been chosen quite deliberately because, although it was a matter which he might not be able to pronounce upon too clearly, it was a subject which as a practising structural engineer he ought to know something about.
In the past few years the first Ordinary Meeting of the New Year has been given over to a discussion or debate on a theme of topical interest to structural engineers. Against the background of the much-publicized structural collapses of 1966 the meeting on Thursday 12 January at 6 o’clock to debate the motion ‘ That structural design is best carried out in professional offices ’ will provide an opportunity for airing members’ views on these events.
The Craigellachie bridge, over the River Spey at Craigellachie, Banffshire, was originally designed and constructed in cast iron by Thomas Telford in 1814-15. It was reconstructed in 1963-64 to make it capable of carrying modern traffic not greater than 14 tons the bridge, it was essential to keep as much of the original character in weight. In addition, it was recognized that, in reconstructing as possible; when a new bridge is constructed nearby, the cast-iron bridge is to be restored to a condition which will enable it to be retained for as long as possible as a monument to Thomas Telford and his work. W.W. Lowson