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A technique for the automatic and interactive design of connections in structural steelwork using a computer with visual display facilities is described. The program can deal with inclined, oblique and eccentric beams with welded end plates and high-strength friction-grip bolts. A design example is given to illustrate the facilities provided. The discussion includes an economic assessment which indicates that the cost of using the technique is low.
M.G. Moore and D.M. Brotton
The President and Mrs. Creasy will continue their round of visits to UK Branches and
Sections and greatly look forward in the coming weeks to meeting members, their ladies and guests at the annual social functions. On Friday 5 April Mr. and Mrs. Creasy will be attending the annual dinner and dance of the Wales Branch in Swansea; on Friday 19 April they will be in Norwich for the annual dinner and dance of the East Anglia Section and on Friday 26 April the President and Mrs. Creasy will join members of the Southern Counties Branch at their annual dinner and dance at Lyndhurst. The President will be representing the Institution at the annual dinners in London of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects on 23 April, and of the Institution of Civil Engineers on 25 April; also at a luncheon of the British Precast Concrete Federation on 30 April.
Several bridges which have been designed by the author's firm are described. The reasons for the choice of designs are given and the methods used in analysis and some detail problems are described briefly. Emphasis is placed on choosing a simple and natural design to suit the particular bridge problem and developing this in a sympathetic way with regard to the final appearance; careful attention being given to details.