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Mr. Brian Scruby (Chairman): ‘ A point that occurred to me when reading your paper was that when I went to America a few years ago I saw some buildings which I thought were rather typical of the industrial side of American building and which seemed to be designed for a specific period of time. I wonder if you would say something about durability and its particular reference to the time factor? '
A message of congratulations and good wishes to the 13,000 members of the Institution from HRH Prince Philip, an Honorary Member, was read to the 400 guests who assembled at the Luncheon at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 20 March last to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Institution's formation in 1908. Among the many distinguished guests were Professor Pier Luigi Nervi and his wife who were making one of their rare visits to London for the occasion.
As most of the piers of viaducts act as cantilevers for horizontal loads at top, requiring greater rigidity at base along longitudinal direction, a new type of structural element is suggested which is expected to serve as pier with reasonable efficiency. Rigidity at bottom is not much needed if piers act as a whole, being framed by top capping beam. S.K. Kundoo and B.B. Maiti