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- From: rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org (Richard Lewis)
- Date: 30 Jul 1997 14:50:58 GMT
Response to Lynn Howard on foreign engineering: My experience on international engineering and construction projects is that the Far East countries can compete with U.S. companies when design concepts are established, but the U.S. is still considered better at new design concepts and quality control. Firms in the Orient are technically capable of designing anything we do and to any code (U.S., European, Japan, etc.), and can meet any schedule a U.S. firm could meet. Mexican and South American firms can design anything in steel, masonry, or concrete but still want to use unreinforced masonry or clay tile infill walls with a structural framework which does not meet U.S. codes. They also are not as aggressive with regard to schedules but if watched carefully they can perform. There is a real savings with regard to design cost but I do not see many U.S. companies turning to countries like Mexico or Venezuela to provide design unless a project is owned by a Mexican or Venezuelan firm. I have found very little difference between European companies and U.S. companies except that most European companies have a problem with our codes because they feel that the British or German codes are better. Their fees are also equal to ours or even more. Lynn is correct to be concerned about international competition and we all will learn how to compete. Today we all compete with companies from other states for engineering design on projects in California but we are also providing design for projects in other states. Fifteen years ago there was not nearly as much competition among states. I personally think this change has been good and has helped to make us all think beyond what is in our own back yard and consider everyone as a potential client or competitor. With economical and fast air travel, rental cars at every airport, telephones, fax machines, modems and the Internet, the world is shrinking rapidly and the future global economy I heard about when I was growing up is now upon all of us. It is becoming a matter of do or die and I think that the U.S. has the best engineers. Guess I am prejudice just a little. Enough standing on the box. Jim Dane, C.E. Bottom Feeder and proud of it. --- Internet Message Header Follows --- Received: from server1.seaoc.org (bqe.com [22.214.171.124]) by host1.texramp.net (8.8.5/8.8.5) with SMTP id CAA24262 for <rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org>; Sun, 9 Mar 1997 02:29:30 -0600 (CST) Received: from dfw-ix13.ix.netcom.com by server1.seaoc.org (NTList 3.02.10) id xa008733; Sun, 9 Mar 1997 00:28:25 -0800 Received: (from smap@localhost) by dfw-ix13.ix.netcom.com (8.8.4/8.8.4) id CAA06695 for <seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org>; Sun, 9 Mar 1997 02:25:35 -0600 (CST) Received: from mvo-ca10-11.ix.netcom.com(126.96.36.199) by dfw-ix13.ix.netcom.com via smap (V1.3) id sma006686; Sun Mar 9 02:25:18 1997 Message-ID: <332273ED.577B(--nospam--at)ix.netcom.com> Date: Sun, 09 Mar 1997 00:25:17 -0800 From: jimdane <jimdane(--nospam--at)ix.netcom.com> Reply-To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Organization: DANE-RODIN & ASSOCIATES, INC. X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.0 (Win95; I) MIME-Version: 1.0 To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Subject: Re: Foreign Engineers Practicing in CA References: <33221EF2.3D06(--nospam--at)silcom.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Error-To: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Loop: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Info: [SEAOC] Owner: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-POP3-Rcpt: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Sender: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Precedence: list X-ListMember: rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org [seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org] __________________________________________________ Richard Lewis, P.E. Missionary TECH Team rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org The service mission like-minded Christian organizations may turn to for technical assistance and know-how.
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