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Dr. Narayanan paints a gloomy picture about the funding of research in universities, but it is important to notice that he is concerned not so much about the amount of the funding as about the dangers to engineering of the workings of the bureaucracy of funding. Prof. A. Bolton
BS 5268 is a compendium of Codes covering the structural use of timber. It brings together design stresses, design methods, and some general guidance on the structural use of timber. It covers the major structural uses of timber, particularly in buildings, and can be used as the basis for design of all timber structural members such as floor and ceiling joists, wall panels, roofs, trussed rafters, and fabricated structural components, such as glued laminated structures and plybox beams. It also covers related information for design against fire and protection against fungal decay and insect attack. BS 5268 is being published in seven Parts: J.G. Sunley
The traditional role of the British Standards Institution in coordinating the production of specifications defining the attributes of materials or products is readily understood. Its role in the preparation of Codes of Practice is perhaps not so clear. Certainly, it is not BSI’s intention to prepare ‘textbooks’ of good practice, although some Codes have attracted that criticism; nor is it intended that Codes should be regarded as sets of rules that demand strict adherence in all circumstances. I. Dunstan