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Attitude to design accuracy It comes naturally to a structural engineer to take a great deal of care in what can be considered to be the mathematical part of structural design, after the real engineering part of deciding on the form of the structure, where to place fixing moments, hinges, etc., has been completed. The mathematics used to be described as the perspiration after the inspiration of the real engineering although, in these days of computers, perhaps ‘eye strain’ should be substituted for ‘perspiration’. J.A. Baird
Structural engineering has long been a major component in the activities of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Nottingham. Early work included research in support of the development of the CLASP system of school building, and cooperation with British Steel into the development of design rules for tubular joints has gone on for over 25 years. Structural analysis, a widely used undergraduate text (by Coates, Coutie & Kong), was written within the department, and a fourth edition is in preparation. Professor D.A. Nethercot
Incorporated Engineer Many experienced draughtsmen/technicians working in our industry may be unaware that they probably have sufficient qualifications and experience to apply to take the Institution’s .Associate-Membership examination, giving them Incorporated Engineer status. S. Williams and M. Pszenyczniak