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When a house or some other form of property changes hands, the buyer usually commissions a survey of it; or, if a mortgage is negotiated, the Building Society will give instructions for a surveyor to establish value. Whoever undertakes a survey is legally responsible for what is said in the report to the client.
The role of Codes as an aid in achieving good construction is much in dispute. Should they be somewhere between recent research and standardised proven requirements, telling engineers what is good practice, or should they be precise documents that set out how the task should be handled? Assuming that such precision is even possible, is it in fact desirable, or will innovation and flair be stifled? Are they a guide to the knowledgeable or a safety net for the amateur? If precise in their demands, should such Codes be the means of meeting statutory requirements? J.G. Sunley and R.G. Taylor
The Presidential party arrived in Vancouver on Monday 31 August 1981 to be welcomed by Dr. Steve Faliszewski (F), Institution Representative in British Columbia. The following morning, Professor Horne and the Secretary visited the Civil Engineering Department of the University of British Columbia and were entertained at lunch by the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences in the enviable Faculty Club overlooking the Frazer River. Later in the day Dr. Faliszewski arranged a dinner party at Grouse Mountain Lodge-a skyride above Vancouver Island. Professor and Mrs Horne met numbers of members, some of whom had travelled considerable distances, including Mr and Mrs David Bevan, Mr and Mrs Roy Metcalf, and Mr and Mrs David York.