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Mr. W. Beazley (Edmund Nuttall Ltd.) : As the Scottish Manager for Edmund Nuttall on the Cruachan contract, I want to touch upon some aspects of the construction. I should like to explain our conclusions and how some of the problems were tackled.
Set out below is the text of a background note issued by the Construction Industry Overseas Directorate, Department of the Environment to British Embassy posts in the Middle and Far East, West Africa and South America. The initiative of the Department will be applauded. The content of the note is of wider interest in that it makes clear that, for example in the EEC context, the Government regards corporate membership of Chartered Institutions as representing a standard of professional competence at least equivalent to that represented by the holding of a relevant first degree at a British University.
It is shown how the application of stressed skin principles can lead to more realistic and economical designs in steel structures. An outline is given of the method for analysing profiled steel diaphragms and complete stressed skin structures, and the necessary conditions for the safe use of diaphragm action are set out. The present position concerning Codes of Practice is summarised and several buildings which have been designed on stressed skin principles are described. Present developments in frameless steel structures are expected to lead to even greater economies.