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Design tree takes root The Reinforced Concrete Council has evolved a 'family tree' of design and construction aids. Martin Southcott reports on how these can simplify design and encourage economic con

Traditionally, the flexibility of reinforced concrete has been both a key strength and a weakness. Design has been difficult because of the large number of structural options for buildings and the difficulty in choosing the most suitable form. Design aids are required to help clarify the situation, particularly as new graduates now enter industry with less familiarity with reinforced concrete design than their predecessors, and with today's tight deadlines, designers rarely have the ...

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