For too long we at the SAICE Membership Committee have been plodding along faithfully, without sharing our trials and tribulations with you, our members. So the Membership Committee has decided to publish a regular column in the magazine to share membership statistics, look at address issues, and answer any of your questions. In this first article we will look at SAICE's membership categories, and at the roles and responsibilities associated with these categories.
The need for an automated detailing system for reinforced concrete is discussed. Criteria are suggested for the performance of a satisfactory practical system and the requirements of flexibility and reproduction quality in the computer output are stressed. The shortcomings of some available systems are examined in relation to these criteria. An automated detailing system which has been developed by the authors to meet these criteria and is in use on major projects is descriptionbed.