oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Significant developments in the design of steel structures

Volume 8, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Although the Author has indicated that nearly all steel structures erected in South Africa at present are designed to B.S.S. 449-1948, this may only be so in areas where Local Authority by-laws are not in force. The full acceptance by local authorities of the B.S.S. or Bureau of Standards regulations is regrettably slow, and this is a great hindrance to progressive engineers employing structural steel. This fact has resulted in higher costs to all concerned and reflects most forcibly on the national economy. Model by-laws formulated by the Bureau of Standards serve as a guide to all local authorities throughout the Union and a national need exists for a uniform adoption of these standards.

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