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    The Design and Implementation of an Integrated Computer-aided Estimating and Tendering System that Utilises Fuzzy Logic
    Fayek, A ; Duffield, C ; Young, DM ; Loo, Y-C (Griffith University, 1995)
    Computer-aided estimating systems have received much attention over the past decade. Recent systems boast sophisticated features for cost estimating, although few provide techniques to help in the decisions required in setting the final tender price. In this paper, we describe the design and implementation of an integrated computer-aided estimating and tendering system that utilises fuzzy logic. This system, developed at The University of Melbourne, comprises separate estimating and tendering modules, both of which are demonstrated by way of sample screens. By systematically assessing the corporate, project, and tendering environment at the time of tendering, it may give companies a competitive edge and help them to better determine an optimum tender price that meets their corporate objectives.
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    Status of Computerised Asset Management Systems for Infrastructure Management
    Kisler, L ; Duffield, C ; Young, DM ; Loo, Y-C (Griffith University, 1995)
    Asset Management Systems have been identified as providing a structured and objective approach to asset management decisions. This paper presents details of the historical development of these systems and indicates significant advancements that have occurred in Pavement and Bridge Management Systems. A full-market evaluation survey of the status of Asset Management Systems in Australia has been undertaken to identify current best practice and future development directions for infrastructure management. Organisations responsible for infrastructure associated with transport and communications networks, public housing, buildings and schools, power and water supply, and sewerage and waste disposal facilities, will be included in the survey. An overview of the preliminary survey findings is presented.
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    Contribution of non-structural components to the dynamic performance of domestic steel framed structures
    Gad, E ; Duffield, C ; Stark, G ; Pham, L (Australian Earthquake Engineering Society, 1995)
    The performance of domestic cold formed steel framed structures under earthquake loading is currently being investigated as part of a collaborative research project involving The University of Melbourne, BHP Steel and CSIRO. A major part of this research project is to identify the influence of the main non-structural components in the most common type of domestic construction in Australia, that is brick veneer houses. A typical brick veneer house would have plasterboard as interior lining and brick veneer as exterior cladding. The contributions of the plasterboard and the brick: veneer walls are being assessed. 'In this investigation an extensive racking and dynamic testing program was undertaken on a single room house. This paper presents the details of this testing program. From the racking tests it is concluded that the plasterboard dramatically increases the stiffness, load carrying capacity and damping of wall panels. It was also found that there is load sharing between the diagonal cross braces and the plasterboard.
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    Shaking Table Tests on Domestic Steel Structures with Varying Frame Details
    Barton, A ; Duffield, C ; Hanks, P ; Gilbert, I ; Koetz, J (The Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1994)
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    The poems of Thomas Hardy as song
    Prictor, M (University of Melbourne, 1994)
    An analysis of Gerald Finzi and others' musical settings of poems by Thomas Hardy.
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    More helpful advice II
    Park, Malcolm McKenzie (The Victorian Bar, 1994)
    An even further collection of legal anecdotes involving bold, insouciant, or impudent behaviour by counsel directed towards the court, the judicial officer, or the practice of law.
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    The Victorian government and the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court
    WAUGH, JOHN ( 1996)
    In the mid-1990s, controversy erupted over the number of acts of parliament that were reducing the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Victoria. This article analyses the legislation that led to this controversy, the significance of Victoria distinctive constitutional entrenchment of Supreme Court jurisdiction, and other aspects of the constitutional position of the Supreme Court.
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    Tales from the colonial past
    Park, M. M. (The Victorian Bar, 1992)
    Brief historical background linking a prominent member of the New South Wales legal profession to the notorious late nineteenth century criminal case of cannibalism
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    Brevity
    Park, M. M. (The Victorian Bar, 1994)
    Readers are encouraged to utilise brevity in their written submissions
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    Legal mythology: The House of Lords cannot err, but, thank God, their mistakes can be put rightby Parliament.
    Park, M. M. (The Victorian Bar, 1991)
    The impotence of man-made law to override natural laws is considered.