Author: Little, M E R
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Little, M E R
The theoretical background to the design of welded plate girders according to BS449 is adopted in a search for optimum design. Within certain practical limitations, design curves are derived for minimum weight design. A computer-based design system is described from which minimum cost designs can be produced for conventional plate girders and welded crane girders. Some observations derived from computer results are
given which, together with the design curves, provide guidelines to wards obtaining an optimum design.
G.C. de Jesus and A. Burns
The construction industry has undergone heavy criticism and self analysis over the last few years. Two studies, one by NEDO and the other by Slough Estates Limited were of particular interest, not least, because they were specific. Both found that from conception to execution of the building, the industry compares poorly with those of other countries. Another investigation carried out by the Building and Engineering
EDC's-'The professions in the construction industries' was primarily based on interviews and contains many opinions on shortcomings3and suggests many themes for
To many minds, structural engineering seems to be limited to the conception and analysis and detailed embodiment of structural systems. And there is no doubt that this is the very core of our science. Obviously the art is concerned with the application of the science, but it is also concerned with wider issues; social and political issues such as the particular purpose for which the system is intended, the need for it, the resources which are required to realise it and the consequences of its realisation. And also, even if in self interest, creating a demand for buildings which need the sort of structures which we would like to design.