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NEWS IN BRIEF

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Excessive emphasis on mathematics in engineering is crippling the profession, claimed former Arup chairman Duncan Michael this week. 'We now accord a place to mathematics for engineers which is too powerful and which controls our actions to the overall disbenefit of engineering and the economy, ' said Michael, delivering the annual Institution of Structural Engineers' Gold Medal address.

'Our engineering as a whole would be better if mathematics were reduced from its overwhelming influence.' The address rekindles a debate sparked by Michael last year when he urged the profession to relax its entry criteria.

Quarry operators and subcontractors were this week presented with a new safety initiative by industry body the Quarry Products Association.

The Contractors' Safety Passport, a 'ticketing' system which certifies the safety competence of all those working in quarries, is expected both to save lives and cut costs, says the QPA.

The Coventry & Warwickshire construction steering group for the Forum for Rethinking Construction & Employment (FORCE) will hold an inaugural meeting on 12 October.

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