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The following was read on behalf of Mr. Ove Arup, who was indisposed, by his son, Mr. Jens Arup: ‘For some years now, wherever I go, whomever I meet, the subject of the Sydney Opera House has been sure to crop up. This of course solves the sometimes difficult problem of what to talk about when you meet someone for the first time; but it can be a bit tiresome to try to explain in a few words the whole complicated Sydney
affair-in fact it is quite impossible to do so no matter how many words you use.'
Mr. A. Butler: 'Mr. Huntley quoted a figure of £180 000 for the cost of the special equipment for handling the large precast units, which represents a little over 1 per cent of the total contract price. Presumably it represents a considerably higher percentage of the contract price for the large units. Nevertheless, it seems an extremely low figure.'
The Draft British Standard Code of Practice for Loading: Wind Loading, in accordance with the established procedure of the British Standards Institution, has been circulated for comment. These comments are now being considered by the Committee. The paper now presented is intended to explain the reasons and thinking behind the somewhat formal presentation and necessarily technical wording of the draft.