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Mr D. Allen (M): The author has developed some useful curves, conveniently presented in his Table l. I agree with the philosophy of using the full cross-sectional properties for design; it has always been confusing to have to deal with effective sections, especially when the effectiveness is determined by the stress level. How simple to use one section for all computations!
Training: a hazard
The ‘knock on ’ effects of political decisions and policies are frequently very evident in hindsight, but rarely so initially. It was easy to anticipate that cuts in
public spending would have unpleasant consequences for both sides of the profession, although doubtful whether many appreciated how severe these would be. Now Professor A. Vardy draws attention to the next domino which is threatened, when he writes:
In recent years, the number of places available for civil engineering graduates to
receive training under agreement has reduced considerably. This year, major consulting firms are perpetuating this trend, and some are even refusing to offer any formal training at all.
Professor Michael Horne succeeds Mr John Derrington as President of the Institution on
Thursday 2 October next and will give his Presidential Address ‘We, the academics-what are we good for?' at an Ordinary Meeting at 6.00 pm that evening at 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SWlX 8BH.