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It is, of course, a very great honour to be elected and installed as President
of this Institution. As with all of my predecessors, I am conscious not only
of that honour, but of the duties, challenges and opportunities which will
occupy us during the coming year, in a world of such astonishing change.
The past 2 decades have seen many changes in the demands made on the construction industry and the ways its work is tackled. Some have been to the benefit of the industry and its clients; some have not. Important among the latter is the erosion of trust and confidence between many clients and their consultants: happily, there are exceptions. A rash of failures, commercial and other pressures, risk aversion, pursuit of cost effectiveness (sometimes with too little regard for quality), have all contributed to increased litigation and, perhaps more importantly, to the threat of litigation, to risk transfer, and to the increased cost of professional indemnity insurance, now temporarily abated.
Professor D. Bishop
The classical theory of travelling and standing waves is applied to the case of wind blowing across a fabric structure. Results are obtained which are of practical importance for the design of fabric structures.