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EC2: ‘Design of concrete structures: Part I ’ has been published by CEN as an ENV. This paper reports on the application of EC2: Part I to the design of the major structural elements in an office building which has also, in comparison, been designed to BS 811O. The exercise was undertaken in collaboration with Andrews, Kent & Stone, consulting engineers, London. The purpose was to provide an indication of the use of EC2 in the design of ‘everyday ’ structures. U. Albrecht, Professor Dr Ing.
This technical note is an attempt to summarise the writer’s main interest over nearly 20 years. It started with a class which I was preparing for the Institution’s Part 3 examination. My emphasis, therefore, was on sketches rather than calculation, but I found that my students had a poor ability to sketch the approximate bending moment, shear force, reactions and deflection solution to a structure. This missing skill I equated with a lack of ‘understanding of structural behaviour’. D.M. Brohn
The question posed in The Structural Engineer recently, asking what benefit can be derived from QA and how, confirms our opinion that much of the writing on the subject has confused rather than clarified the issue. The principal source of confusion is the use of the various quality terms, such as QA and quality management (QM), in an apparently interchangeable way. Before we can discuss the benefits (or otherwise) of QA for consulting engineers, we must define our terms - what do the various ‘Q thingies’ mean anyway? N.J. Prescott and P.J. Francis