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The Structural Engineer

The speed with which memory fades is a fact of life that never ceases to surprise me. What follows is therefore a recollection that may or may not be wholly accurate! It now seems as though the Institution has always been constituted in its present form, but it is less than 9 years since a Development Plan was published (The Structural Engineer, June 1984) which fundamentally altered the form of the Institution. J.A. Waller

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The Structural Engineer

While good structural design and site experience are prerequisites for success at the Part 3 examination of the Institution, there can be little doubt that attendance at a suitable preparatory course is of considerable help to candidates in improving their prospects of passing. Such courses are available in most branch areas throughout the country, frequently organised with the support and participation of local branch members. For some years members of the North Thames Branch have been actively involved in passing on their structural engineering knowhow to candidates preparing for the Part 3 examination. C. Davies

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The Structural Engineer

Historical background The City Corporation celebrated 1989 as the 800th year of the recorded Mayoralty, but it was not until the Great Fire of 1666 that they looked for ‘some skilful citizen, experienced in dealing with fires’ to help avoid a similar disaster. From this beginning, sprang the District Surveyor service for London and the City Offices of Surveyor, Engineer, and Architect. L.W.E. Groome

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Since the formation of the practice by Dr Oscar Faber in 1921, Oscar Faber Consulting Engineers has acted as structural engineering consultants for a large number of building projects within the City of London. S.D. Robinson and G.P. Dean

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Lime in this country is derived from the calcium carbonate limestones and chalks which shape the landscapes of southern England and the Midlands. Lime is the endproduct of a two-stage process which involves heating limestone to over 900°C to drive off chemically combined carbon dioxide, leaving behind calcium oxide - quicklime. Adding water causes a violent reaction as the oxide combines to form calcium hydroxide - lime. W.J. Allan and L.A. McDonald

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Multidisciplinary design practice is an interactive approach aimed at producing better buildings. Short lines of communication and a freedom from demarcation produces more vigorous design activity and allows dissective analyses of various solutions. As well as getting a highly integrated design, a client has a singlepoint contact for design responsibility and does not have to act as umpire between feuding disciplines. J.L. Morgan

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One of the peculiarities of working in a plant engineering activity is that one’s day-to-day work does not necessarily follow one’s chosen discipline. My work was mainly concerned with controlling contractors on site (‘Resident Engineering’, as it were), ensuring compliance with terms of company orders and relevant statutory and company standards, safety aspects, and generally ensuring that everybody ended up happy... In my employment I had a number of ongoing interests, but the one of most concern (and the most time consuming) was that of asbestos removal. The following account of one particular job should be of interest to all engineers, especially those engaged in refurbishment works. L.J. Hopper

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This feature describes in brief the role and responsibilities of researchers in the field of construction and how research results are utilised, particularly in British Codes of Practice. Also highlighted are certain important areas to be considered by researchers to ensure that research projects culminate in a successful conclusion. The author draws on his experience in the Building Research Establishment and his involvement with the structural use of timber and timber products. V. Enjily

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Author – Enjily, V

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Whether or not one’s business survives depends on many factors. The extent of personal financial commitments will obviously be significant. This feature has been prepared without reference to fee income and concentrates on practical considerations. It is hoped that it may be of help to those contemplating setting up on their own. E.J. Graves

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Author – Graves, E J

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From time to time, engineers are called on to give expert evidence in court or at arbitrations. This may be as a witness to fact or as an expert witness, and it is important for the client to know at an early stage in which category the engineer will be required to appear. R.G. Grahame

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The paper describes typical structural problems associated with work to party walls in the City of London. It is divided into two parts. The first covers general aspects of stability, lateral restraint, flues, fire escapes and foundations in relation to party walls; the second part gives n case history of the works to the boundaries and party walls in connection with the redevelopment of 55 Gracechurch Street during 1990-1992. The paper demonstrates the importance of carrying out a comprehensive programme of survey and exploratory works in advance in order to minimise problems during construction. A.J. Seymour

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Author – Seymour, A J

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The role of Incorporated Engineers within our Institution appears, on the face, to be quite varied. The job status of an Incorporated Engineer varies tremendously, from draughtsman to company director: consequently, the scope of progression and expertise is completely down to the individual. The Institution’s own definition of the key roles of an Incorporated Engineer reads as follows: Project brief. The general philosophy of the brief; the assembly of relevant information, conditions and technical literature. D.M. Goodey

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This North Thames Branch issue of The Structural Engineer profiles the structural engineer today. We felt a need to show the wide range of work which structural engineers carry out and to reflect the daily activities of our profession. K.P. Osborne

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