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The demands of the internationalgrowth of trade and tourism have led to the development of many modern cargo and passenger handling systems of which the roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro) system is one. Ro/Ro ramps have enabled efficient Ro/Ro operations to be set up in ports where tidal ranges are large. M. Clift and I.B. Meeke
The 80 recommendations of the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Engineering profession (Cmd. 7794, available from any HMSO bookshop, price £5) are reproduced below (see also page 74). The Council of the Institution will be commenting to the Department of Industry and the Department of the Environment about the proposals for reorganising the profession. Comments and opinions from members will be welcomed and will be taken into account when preparing the response to Government. The Institution statement will be published in The Structural Engineer as soon as possible.
In February, when discussing snow loads, we suggested that it was difficult to believe that a committee had intended the permitted reductions in loading, allowed where large areas were supported, to be applied to snow loading. We also speculated that in commenting thus we might well be inviting yet another correction; and so indeed, up to a point, we were. Mr J. C. Thomson's letter arrived just too late for the February column. He comments: I was intrigued to read Mr W. G. Ellis’ comments on the ‘large area’ reductions in roof super loading that he has encountered in his checking activities ( Verulam, November 1979). Verulam