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Mr. T. A. G. Raikes (M) (Ove Arup Resident Engineer): We thought it would be useful to start the discussion by saying something of how the diaphragm wall construction worked out in practice, particularly in relation to the use of T-shaped and Ushaped panels.
Local authority responsibility
A structural engineer employed by a local authority once again raises the issue of where the responsibility should lie if structural defects arise in a building. He writes: I am concerned athe almost standard procedure which now seems to be accepted in
respect of the submission of structural designs and calculations for Building Regulations approvals. It seems to me most unfortunate, and certainly not in the best interests of the profession or of the general public, that the present assumption of responsibility on the part of district local authorities for any structural building
defect should continue.
A description of the development of an interactive computer program to design and detail reinforced concrete structures is given. The program provides facilities that enable complete reinforcement details to be generated in situations in which details cannot at present be completed by automatic programs. An example of the use of the program is included. The work forms part of a continuing research project, and future developments are outlined.
P. Mills and D.M. Brotton