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Mr. S. S. Heighway (M) : The Committee has concentrated its attention on works executed under the RlBA Conditions of Contract because it is under such conditions that the relationships between the structural engineer and all other contributors to the processes of design and construction are the most complex.
The relation of the ultimate load to working load is an essential factor in any design consideration. To determine the margin of safety available, it is particularly important to be able to (1) calculate and predict the ultimate load; (2) take into account the effect of other conditions or factors likely to influence the strength during the life of the structure. This effect is sometimes accounted for by a partial safety factor. D.N. Nwokoye
The Study Group was formed in 1970, when considerable interest was being shown in carbon fibres by most branches of the engineering profession.