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The paper presents a review of current practice in foundation design and construction for low-rise buildings and makes recommendations for improved practice in certain specific areas. Requirements in relation both to Building Regulations and Codes of Practice are discussed and the need, when assessing building performance, for an objective and widely accepted approach to the classification of damage is stressed.
The BRE classification is presented in an Appendix. A section is devoted to good site investigation practice and various types of foundation are discussed in relation to ground conditions and construction considerations. Special ground problems are covered including shrinking and swelling clays, frost action, mining subsidence, fill and aggressive ground conditions.
M.J. Tomlinson, R. Driscoll and J.B. Burland
We regret that despite the tremendous efforts of the Institution staff the issues of The Structural Engineer in the early months of this year were issued late. No fault of theirs; in the new regime copy has to be prepared some three months before publication and this requirement has been consistently bettered by them. However, in drawing your attention to this fact our object is to explain why there is a considerable gap in the time between the date on which you write a letter and that on which you may see it in print. That is why Mr. W. Madeley's comments on the first issue of the new format of the journal is being read by you so late as June. In October 7977 he wrote somewhat critically of the contents of the Journal as did several others over the course of that year, but he now expresses appreciation:
0 welcome journal, thinner now:
Your contents suit my lower brow:
The articles are much more plain;
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Mr. Dorman: ‘Judging by the number of enquiries relating to the merits of various roofing systems received by the BCSA central office, Dr. Buchholdt is to be congratulated on producing a timely paper. It will be of considerable value to have this present study, with its summary of the state of the art in the design of tension
structures, and one would certainly hope that this paper will go some way towards bridging the “credibility gap” between research and development activity on the one
hand, and design practice on the other.'