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This page is in the development stage. Stop by soon to read about issues and events affecting the building industry. We'll use this page to highlight interesting topics related to structural and civil engineering, along with items pertinent to building code applications, including life-safety matters and code development issues within and outside California. Stay tuned!.

In the mean time, just some thoughts from others worth pondering.

TOPIC ONE

Food for thought (1)...

"Engineering is the art of modeling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyze so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance."

Dr. A. R. Dykes, British Institution of Engineers, 1976

To follow soon: Editorial stuff from Doug and/or Dave


TOPIC TWO

Food for thought (2)...

"(Engineering) is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of imagination emerge through the aid of science to plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings jobs and homes to men. Then it elevates the standards of living and adds to the comforts of life. That is the engineer's high privilege."

"The great liability of the engineer compared to men of other professions is that his works are out in the open where all can see them. His acts, step by step, are in hard substance. He cannot bury his mistakes in the grave like doctors, He cannot argue them into thin air or blame one judge like the lawyers. He cannot, like the architects, cover his failures with trees and vines. He cannot, like the politicians, screen his shortcomings by blaming his opponents and hope the people will forget. The engineer simply cannot deny he did it. If his works do not work, he is damned..."

"...To the engineer falls the job of clothing the bare bones of science with life, comfort and hope. No doubt as years go by the people forget which engineer did it, even if they ever knew...the engineer himself looks back at the unending stream of goodness which flow from his successes with satisfactions that few professions may know. And the verdict of his fellow professionals is all the accolade he wants."

Herbert Hoover, date unknown

To follow soon after: More editorial stuff from Dave and/or Doug

 

 

 

 

 

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