Author: Wright, H D
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Wright, H D
This paper is intended to provide background information on National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) as they are likely to affect the Institution of Structural Engineers and, in particular, its role as a qualifying body for the profession of structural engineering. As a general introduction to the topic, I quote the introduction and the fundamental criteria from the Guide to National Vocational Qualifications published by the National Council for Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ) in March 1991. The acronyms ‘NVQ’ and ‘NCVQ’ are but two to digest in tackling this topic; there are also many new terms employed in place of otherwise familiar ones. Annoying as this may be, it provides a common vocabulary for a wide range of different areas of employment covered by NVQs. In this paper, I shall be concentrating attention on the construction industry. B. Simpson
Partial underpinning of semidetached houses With reference to previous correspondence (20 April and 18 May), Tom Hill, of Hampton- Upon-Thames, introduces the question of provisions which may be included in house deeds to safeguard owners’ interests where raft foundations are shared: This problem requires provision in the house deeds. The raft foundation causes one house to be structurally dependent on the other, similar to flats where owners share floors. Covenants are required to safeguard the interests of both owners. Verulam
Spectator terrace barriers are widely used to limit crowd pressures and thus prevent injury. Barrier strength requirements, configuration guidelines, test procedures and permitted crowd densities are stated in the Guide to safety at sportsgrounds, known as the ‘green guide’, published by the Home Ofice. The design requirements primarily stem from research following two crowd disasters - Bumden Park, Bolton, 1946, where 33 fatalities occurred on a terrace and at Ibrox Park, Glasgow, 1971, where 66 fatalities occurred on a crowded stairway. More recently, 95 fatalities occurred on a terrace at Hillsborough, Shefield, in April 1989. The most recent version of the ‘green guide’ was published in 1990. J.F. Dickie and G.K. Wanless