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The President recently received a letter from Mr. J. Ernest Franck (F) who is the sole surviving Founder Member of the Concrete Institute, which, formed in 1908, became the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1923. Mr. Franck who now lives in retirement in Suffolk is 95 years of age. The President feels that the letter, a resume of which is given below, is not only of fascinating interest to contemporary members but is a tribute to the memory of a distinguished engineer.
The report analyses and tabulates the results of the investigation of 56 major fires, it considers the factors influencing fire limitation and describes each fire investigated. Copies of the Report are available from the C & CA, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1.
PART 1 THE NEED FOR A SYSTEM Synopsis This is the first part of a paper describing the computing system called GENESYS; it attempts to show that this system could do much to rationalise the use of computers in structural engineering. The functions of a national organisation known as the GENESYS CENTRE are briefly introduced. The main features of the computing system are presented and its uses are discussed from the points of view of the engineer, fhe programmer and the computer manager. D.G. Alcock and B.H. Shearing