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Discussion on Integrated, Multilevel Condition Monitoring of Structures by Professor A. McGowan, Professor H.D. Wright, Professor J. Innes and Dr. C. Michie

The Chairman So many of us have been brought up on the assumption that the only way you can find out what a structure is going to do is by analysing it before you start the building and then you predict certain movements and you measure them. If the measurements don’t come up to your predictions, the structure is not behaving properly or the measurements are inaccurate - there is nothing wrong with your calculations! The paper outlines a very interesting way of coming at the job from both ends. We get both the feedback and the means of conveying accurately what we have to do. We have to make decisions before we build. We can’t build, monitor and then decide we have built the wrong thing.