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The next British Code of Practice for composite structures in buildings, now in preparation, will not include composite columns. A simplified design method for such columns, originally developed for the draft for public comment of this Code, has been revised to take account of subsequent work and the publication of BS 5400: Part 5. This method and other recommendations on composite columns for buildings are now presented in Code form, with explanations, comparisons with other methods, and a worked example. R.P. Johnson and D.G.E. Smith
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