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’I’ve failed four times now, will I ever pass?’ is a cry not infrequently heard in the Examinations Office shortly after the results are announced. For the majority of the 548 candidates who failed the Part 3 examination this year the question ’why?’ will have been uppermost at some point as they travelled the path from realisation to justification in the days following the opening of the ‘dreaded’ results letter. The spectrum of responsibility for failure ranges from ‘I knew I’d chosen the wrong question as soon as I started! ’ to ‘I’m useless, I’ll never pass!’; whereas the, truth of the matter usually lies somewhere between the two, as illustrated in the examiners’ findings detailed below.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to give this, the Maitland Lecture 1988. The title of my address is ‘The developing world’-the poor, economically backward countries of sub-Saharan Africa; the heavily indebted countries of South America; and the fast-developing, high growth, manufacturing countries of the Pacific Basin. Each of these regions has its own very different problems. Each must be viewed in different ways. The Rt. Hon. Edward Heath
The paper examines theproblems of constructing a large river bank retaining wall, in a short time, under difficult tidal conditions. The site problems, alignment of the wall, structural design options considered, reasons for choosing the design solution, and the construction problems, are discussed. J. Howard, W.G. Curtin and L.S. Pope