oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The control of brick and masonry construction
The Author has presented an interesting paper showing how the details included in building regulations are determined. The writer agrees that the inclusion of empirical requirements for dimensions for certain conditions have practical advantages in the case of the many smaller buildings, especially dwellings. He feels however that to attempt to lay down empirical rules for buildings of three or four storeys in height would not be desirable because, to ensure the safety of these structures, there would have to be numerous limiting conditions and a very lengthy set of empirical rules. Persons without design experience would find these very difficult to follow and apply correctly.
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