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Mr M. D. Japes (Director of Engineering, British Waterways Board): Bearing in mind that the design and construction techniques were so innovative, if it was required to repeat the construction, are there any aspects that Mr Simpson would now change, either in the design or in the construction techniques?
This paper describes a practical training programme carried out by second-year students at the Nanyang Technological Institute, Singapore, which involved the full-scale Construction of a reinforced concrete cantilever-roof grandstand. The objective of this project was to give students direct experience in civil engineering construction and to develop both technical and management skills, which would serve as a foundation for their formal courses in design and construction in the following years. R. Hulse, M.K. Hurst and Professor W.H. Mosley
Recent repairs to 18th century buildings have brought to light trussed girders, large timber beams with internal trusses, which were used extensively during the 18th and 19th centuries. The paper examines their origins, their rise in popularity, and their eventual demise. It goes on to review the opinions of contemporary authors, showing the wide disparity of knowledge regarding the behaviour of such structural members. Finally, it reports on a series of tests that provide information about the actual behaviour of the girders, the reasons for their use, and suggestions as to why they eventually fell from favour. M.H. Dawes and D.T. Yeomans