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The paper discusses the interpretation of the results of static penetration tests in terms of the geological structure and traditional theory together with the evaluation of the ultimate base and shaft resistances of driven piles from measured cone resistances.
Published below are the Institution's principal comments to the Health and Safety Commission upon the various recommendations to the Government Advisory Committee on Falsework: Final Report which was published in February last and can be obtained from HMSO, price £2 net (see The Structural Engineer, March 1976, page 86). The text of the extensive detailed comments submitted to the Commission may be obtained upon application to the Secretary at 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SWlX 8BH; members should enclose a stamped addressed A5 envelope.
The paper comments on the importance of the elastic critical load as a factor in structural design and deprecates unnecessary mathematical complexity. It looks forward to the end of incorrect and misleading statements which had their origin when the subject was not properly understood. The paper re-derives, in a simple way, a recent approximation for multi-storey frames, draws attention to an easy solution for some problems concerned with initial eccentricity, and discusses an alternative long- established approximation which may perhaps still be best for multi-storey frames.
Correction vol 54, no 8, Aug 1976, p316