I would like to alert readers to the fact that the newly launched Concrete Institute is not the same organisation as the Concrete Society. Since the inception of their new organisation, which has arisen from the closure of the former Cement and Concrete Institute, we have been inundated with enquiries which were intended for this new organisation - not particularly a problem for us, but a HUGE frustration for those wanting to reach the right people to answer their queries.
A few years ago, I found myself stuck in London over a weekend. With nothing else to do I went off to the Science Museum in South Kensington ostensibly to see the old beam engines. Those seen, I wandered upstairs to a whole floor dedicated to survey and drawing office equipment. I was amazed to find that here were the instruments I had worked with in the 1960s in the offices of SS&O in Balgownie House on the corner of Commissioner and Sauer Streets - an Amsler polar planimeter signed by Mr Amsler himself, a Watts open circle 20" vernier tachy and lots of other instruments all made obsolete by the computer revolution. These were the instruments that made the old engineering drawings - now all obsolete, as are the type of drawings they made.