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‘Quality Assurance’ - benefits for the consultant?
Robert De’Ath, of Forest Row, Sussex, has raised afresh the question of to what extent the formal pursuit of ‘QA ’ is capable of bringing tangible advantages to consulting civil and structural engineers:
As the partner responsible for making the ‘QA’ preparations for our practice, I would welcome all the constructive advice fellow members are able to offer. So far I have familiarised myself with the general principles of what ‘QA’ involves, and my first impression is that it involves formal systems and records covering those usual activities which have always been part and parcel of my working life, in whatever practice or design office I have been working. Therefore, I am searching to discover what are the real benefits to ourselves, for embarking on ‘QA’, and what are the real benefits to our clients? I am reliably informed ‘QA’ saves contractors’ money. Does it do the same for consultants?
This paper presents a method for obtaining measurements of non-linear characteristics in the damping of real structures. The use of the random decrement technique is presented and its application to some full-scale structures detailed. The mathematical background to the technique is detailed and the practical avoidance of problems with its use noted.
Professor A.P. Jeary
I am not sure whether I saw a particular reference in the paper to a question I should like to ask. We are talking about a system of construction that is of comparatively modem origin. How has the design of adhesives used in gluedlaminated construction kept pace with the growth of the magnitude of the structures that are now possible? Or is that particularly relevant?