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President’s diary The President hopes to join members at the meeting of the Newcomen Society to which they are invited on Wednesday 14 January when, at the Science Museum, London, at 6 pm, Mr John James is to present a paper ‘Early iron truss bridges to 1849’.
Large multibin silo complexes can be designed to dimensions, anatomies, and configurations that give optimum economy. Foundation conditions have a marked influence on this. Generally, the best capital and working returns come from silos that have their bins arrayed in plan roughly square, rather than long and narrow. Civil engineering costs are then reduced too, and the facility lends itself to greater flexibility of operation. John Faber and D.J.A. Alsop
Some 400 members and their guests heard Professor Eric Laithwaite give the 1980 Maitland Lecture (for text see page 5) in London on 13 November last. Institution guests for the evening included Lord Kings Norton, Lord and Lady Miles, Sir Frank and Lady Mason, as well as Dr. Oleg Kerensky (1st Maitland Lecturer, 1959) and Mrs Kerensky, and Sir Ove Arup (Maitland Lecturer 1968) with Lady Amp.