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Our Christmas test We wonder how many readers were puzzled with the problem set in this column last month. As we said at the time, the problem came from Martin Ashmead, and we now publish his letter: While checking steelwork calculations a few weeks ago, I came across a solution to a bracing bay configuration that amazed me. The framework was determined by the need for a door to be installed in a traditionally braced bay, i.e. diagonal bracing node point being raised from the foot of the column to a point above the door opening. Verulam
The design and reconstruction of the dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is discussed. Fire and earthquakes had caused progressive deterioration since 1927, to the 100-year-old structure. It was originally built by the Russians, using prefabricated wrought-iron arches which supported inner and outer mortar shells, the latter being lead covered. I.H. Reith
Following Court decisions in a number of recent cases-notably Anns v. London Borough of Merton-the period of time during which a chartered structural engineer could find himself answerable in tort on a charge of negligence appears to have been stretched to infinity. Although this ‘beyond the grave’ responsibility has not been tested, there can be no doubt that the current state of the law in this respect is, to say the least, uncertain.