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Authors' introduction: When writing a paper it is important to have a clear attitude as to whom one is writing for who will use it and, hopefully, learn from it.
Last month we published the first response we have had on design checking from an engineer working with a commercial firm engaged in 'design and build' activities. In it Mr. Ely commented on problems inherent in the arrangement where consulting engineers
scrutinize design on behalf of an authority. We now have a letter from an engineer in the latter capacity. Mr. R. E. Brand comments: This letter is in response to your article in the April issue of The Structural Engineer. For the past two years, I have been responsible, through my firm-E.A.R. Sheppard Consultants-for the checking of structural designs and site supervision all on behalf of the Borough Engineer, Eastbourne.
The authors have provided some interesting data on a serviceability failure of deep beams which should prove invaluable to research workers and Code Committees concerned with this difficult problem. It would, however, increase the value ofthe paper if rather fuller details of the reinforcement of the beams could be provided so that shortcomings in the design could be properly assessed.
R.Taylor, D. Campbell-Allen and R.G. Smith