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M. G. Taraye described the French system as follows: ‘The subject of today’s lecture is divided into three main categories:
Failure of works in France.
The French system of ten years responsibility.
Insurance of builders in France (by builders we mean architects, engineers and contractors).
Mr. J. Peacock: ‘Mr. Thorburn said that the use of the Armco liner in the piles stopped ground water from getting into the bore; but it could still fill up the bottom
of the bore, as far as I could see, so really what does the Armco liner do? It seems quite expensive to put there, and I do not see how it stops water from getting into
the bottom of the bore.’
‘Good structures are not brought about by the law any more than a deflnition of petty larceny stops people from stealing. We are in danger of worrying about the law instead of being concerned about good engineering.’