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When considering the life to be expected from a structure before any major repairs are needed, it is important to remember that most structures are likely to require some maintenance during their service lives. This is especially true where structures are exposed to the demanding conditions of the natural environment as well as having to cope with often onerous ‘manmade’ loading. A structure could in particular circumstances be designed with a very limited life in view and with no provision for maintenance, but such structures are the exception rather than the rule. D.A. Holland
In Britain the beginning of the 19th century heralded some remarkable achievements in the field of engineering. Among these, and perhaps one of the greatest, was the construction of the docks within London. The docks were spread over an area of 8 1/2 square miles, contained on land immediately to the east of the City along a length of the River Thames. At their peak, some 50 000 vessels used the docks each year; nearly a 1/4 million people annually arrived and departed, together with some 60Mt of cargo. It is a tribute to the original designers that the docks remained in use for 150 years before they became outmoded. However, with the cessation of use in the late 1960s, dereliction rendered some areas inoperable, while decay and vandalism caused many buildings to become dangerous and unsuitable for future use. I. Mudd and J. Brazier
Arup Research & Development has carried out a series of studies commissioned by the Building Research Establishment on the subject of building performance and costs-in-use. This paper gives a brief commentary on the results of that research, explores the implications and application thereof in the context of the definition of client requirements, and outlines a methodology whereby these performance requirements may be taken into account in an explicit manner in the design and property management processes. K.H. White