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Mr. Peter Stott (GLC) : ' I should like to congratulate Dr. Kerensky on his paper. It is a very pleasant change to be able to read a paper which says what actually happened. So often a paper describes what the finished article looks like, but not what vital engineering decisions had to be taken. The great merit of this paper is that it does tell you what you want to know. '
The following Report which draws upon the conclusions reached in a number of recently
published official Reports upon the supply and demand of professional engineering manpower has been produced by a small Committee under the Chairmanship of Sir Eric Mensforth, President of the Institution of Production Engineers, and including representatives of the Council of Engineering Institutions, the Royal Society, the scientific institutions and the Confederation of British Industry.
This paper outlines the ways in which bridge designers seck to ensure that their bridges are at once adequately safe and economical, and tries to contribute to this process. It also endeavours to determine the degree of safety actually achieved by analysing the numbers of bridges that have collapsed since the industrial revolution.
Sir Alfred Pugsley