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Mr M. James (Health & Safety Executive): In his paper Dr. Dickie likened the structure of demountable grandstands to that of both space frames and storage racking. In fact this is not so, as these structures tend to have a form of plan bracing at various levels, while in most grandstands the only plan bracing available is at seating level. This means that, unless the stands are quite small, the taller rear frames will receive no support from adjacent ones for a large proportion of their height. Wear or poorly-designed seat fixings would make this problem even more acute.
The paper describes the development and design of the steel rising sector gates of the Thames Barrier. Particular attention is also paid to the structural model testing programme which was undertaken as part of the design process. R.G.R. Tappin, Professor P.J. Dowling and P.J. Clark
Before the role of the technician engineer and engineering technician within the design office can be assessed, it is important to understand the educational standards and training requirements, along with the official definition of the respective technician grades, as there would appear to be too few within the profession who could answer the question ‘what or who is a technician?’ with any degree of knowledge or understanding. G.E. Harris