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I would like to make a comment on the introduction that appeared in the November 1977 issue to the paper 'Teaching towards an improved understanding of structural behaviour' by D. M. Brohn and J. Cowan. J.V. Lempriere
Several examples of concrete bridges which have prominent features, built in Japan during the last decade, are cited and may be considered to have served as guide posts and inspiration for the builders of the many bridges erected since. The outlines of these bridges and the experiments and studies undertaken with regard to their structural designs and construction practices are described, while the contributions made and problems remaining for future clarification are discussed. Fujio Machida
The President: Do you discern any trends for the future, in either basic designs or detailing, owing to new methods of fabrication? At the same time, bearing in mind the multiplicity of factors involved, what uses do you see for computer programming of optimisation of design, which is currently exercising the minds of the academic world?