'I am sure you all agree that the structural engineer needs no introduction to this audience. But actually it is a bit hard to define the term “structural engineer”. It could be one who has passed certain examinations, who is a member of this Institution-in which case he would even be a Chartered Structural Engineer-or one who holds a certain position or does a certain job. For the purpose of this talk, I would prefer to define the structural engineer simply as one who is competent to design stable and economical structures of different kinds to meet the requirements for which these structures are needed. This means of course that one can be more or less of a structural engineer, and that civil engineers, mechanical engineers and some who are
not called engineers at all might be so called.