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Most organisations that I have been involved with in the UK and abroad give a nominal life to all their major assets, e.g. buildings, earth retaining structures, bridges, and also heavy mechanical plant. In the case of immovable structures, annual maintenance budgets are allowed for, following regular routine inspections. The structures are then maintained to ensure the life expectancy is not jeopardised. For mechanical plant, the owner raises charges against works on which it is being utilised. When maintenance costs reach a prohibitive level, the plant is renewed with accumulated funds.
Mr. M. Arshad
David Lee, FEng, Chairman of G. Maunsell & Partners, consulting engineers, will succeed
Alastair Paterson, FEng, as President of the Institution 1985-86 at an Ordinary Meeting at Institution headquarters on Thursday 3 October 1985. The handover ceremony begins at 6 pm when Mr Lee will give his Presidential Address, the full text of which will be published in The Structural Engineer in November 1985.
Design of steel beams
In June, we published a letter from Mr A. W. Durley on the rapid design of steel beams and included extracts from his design tables. Mr P. H. Allen, of the British Constructional Steelwork Association, has now written:
I was interested to see Mr Durley's approach to the production of safe load tables for use in his office, in which reference is made to BCSA tables. This is a further example of what can be done to make the initial selection of steel sections a simple process.