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What follows is an exploration of the way in which we might structure ourselves to survive the new century beautifully. It considers what we can do to engineer structures for the world in which we are to live, not simply as steel and concrete, but as structures for work and learning, social structures, and structures for thinking. It takes as its central theme the notion that, as technology opens more and more doors, there will be a gathering need for people with ideas to direct it toward the common good. Although this sounds altruistic, it could be fertile territory for broadminded engineers and specialists alike, a maturing of our role on the planet. Professor Chris Wise
The history of structural engineering in the last 100 years divides neatly into two periods separated by World War 2. Each period is best treated separately because, although there was innovation in each, the changes in the last 50 years greatly exceeded those in the first 50 years. R.J.M. Sutherland
This paper describes the inspection, assessment and strengthening design of the Puente Duarte Suspension Bridge, which is undergoing a major rehabilitation and strengthening programme. The bridge carries a four-lane highway and comprises a conventional steel truss and concrete deck, supported by steel towers. Significant corrosion was found on primary structural elements such as the towers and main cables which, combined with strengthening requirements, has resulted in an extensive reconstruction project. H.R. Hobbs