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Part 3: introduction This year’s examination was attempted by a total of 818 Candidates, a slight increase in comparison with last year. Of those candidates, 462 took the examination in the UK while there were 356 candidates overseas. The UK pass-rate was most satisfactory, 51.7% compared with 38.8% in 1994; there were, however, 49 candidates fewer. The oversea candidate figure of 356 can be split between the Hong Kong centre and a further 35 centres each accommodating between l-10 candidates. In Hong Kong the number of candidates was 272, an increase of 41 compared with 1994 the pass-rate, however, dropped by 5.5% to 30.9%. Amongst the other 84 oversea candidates, only 17 achieved a pass which produced a poor pass-rate of 20.2%. The Institution makes a considerable effort to provide candidates with local examination venues. In the past few years centres have been provided in the British Virgin Islands, Hanoi, Khartoum and Katmandu, proving the worldwide appeal of the Institution’s chartered membership examination. The overall pass-rate this year was a respectable 41.6% - an increase of 3.8% compared with last year. The most popular question
Mr R. J. M. Sutherland (F) What struck me at the end is that no new ideas are coming out of calculation. Is not that what you are saying? I have been trying to think of some new ideas that derive from mathematics rather than from concepts relating to the way things have worked. Can you think of any?
The movements and strains which take place in masonry arches, and the way in which those strains lead to longitudinal cracks, are described. Some traditional views are considered to be untenable. The causes of the cracks have some implications for assessment and repair: Observations are made on the repair of cracks. Professor W.J. Harvey