Author: Gibson, G McLean
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Gibson, G McLean
In his Presidential Address to the British Section of the Societe des Inghnieurs Civils de France, in London, on Wednesday, October 10; 1928, 11: Frank Merricks, C.B.E., M.Inst.C.E., began by dilating upon the question of choosing a properly balanced curriculum for engineering students.
TO the Editor of "The Structural Engineer.” Sir,-I was unfortunately unable to be present at Mr. Bossom’s paper, and was somewhat surprised to note that neither in the paper nor in the discussion was any reference made to the sections which are now being rolled by the Carnegie Steel Co. and marketed by the United States Steel Products Co. These new sections include a 14 in. H section, maximum weight which is 305 Ibs. per foot, with sectional areas of 89.7 square inches. For column lengths not exceeding 20 ft. this is listed to carry 1,346,000 lbs.
MAJOR JAMES PETRIE, 0,B.E. (Past President), proposing a vote of thanks to Mr. Hunter, said that the paper and the slides were extremely instructive, and indicated very plainly the many things which a bridge engineer must consider before preparing his plans, how very accurate his calculations must be, and the many difficulties that must be considered in connection with the erection, the disposition of the plant, and the transport of materials to the site. For example, there was no extra land available near the Wearmouth Bridge at Sunderland, and the erection of the bridge was a very clever piece of work; the position and placing of the plant and materials, and the setting out of the work must have entailed considerable concentration of thought. The paper would be of particular and inestimable value to the younger members of the profession. He would strongly urge the younger members of the profession to visit works in course of construction whenever possible. One could pick up a number of very valuable hints in this way.