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The Structural Engineer

This viewpoint has come about because, independently in our Branch Chairmen’s inaugural addresses, we dealt with the difficulties associated with contaminated land. The President, Dr John Roberts, who recognised the similarities, suggested we write some comments on what appears to be a subject that is perplexing more than just us. Martin Wood and Michael Grant

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The Structural Engineer

Since the mid-1960s there has been a growing awareness of the effect of contamination from the past industrial use of sites being considered for redevelopment. Graham Helme

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The centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne has many fine buildings which have been recognised and protected through the listing process, particularly in the famous Graingertown area. One of these is Newcastle Central Station, a Grade I listed property designed in the 1840s by John Dobson and opened by H.M. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on 29 August 1850. The Southern section of the roof added in 1893 and known as the South Train Shed was designed by Wm Bell another distinguished Victorian Railway Station designer also responsible for the famous Darlington Bank Top station.

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The Structural Engineer

The Structural Engineering Group at Bradford University is one of four principal research groups in the Department of Civil Engineering which was given a 5 rating in the last two Governmental research assessment exercises held in 1992 and 1996.

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Reviewing Codes of Practice Ron Hughes, writing from W. Horsley, Surrey, adds to his previous contribution (18 April ’00): What I had in mind when I suggested that the Institution should open the batting on the subject of Codes of Practice for the construction industry was that it should get together a small working party to look at the suitability of the present system and make recommendations for improvement or replacement.

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The Structural Engineer

In science and engineering, we owe much of the knowledge we take for granted to a few original thinkers. Some of them are quite famous: Archimedes and his bath; Galileo; Newton, who gave us gravity and the laws of force and motion; Euler who solved the problem of classic strut buckling; Rankine who gave us earth pressure theory and also thermodynamics; and Coulomb who gave us another earth pressure theory and also the unit of electric charge. But who was the 'Young’ of 'Young‘s Modulus’? Was he a noted engineer in days gone by, or was he an obscure loner who made the study of elasticity his life’s work? Who was he, and what else did he do with his life? A.N. Beal

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