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- From: "Dennis S. Wish PE" <wish(--nospam--at)cyberg8t.com>
- Date: Sun, 19 Oct 1997 11:51:17 -0700
I think the idea of SAGE that Neil mentions is a most wonderful idea. I have tried to run similar idea's past the five other engineers here in the Coachella Valley. Two are very agreeable to it, one refuses to talk to me, and the others are too busy to consider the idea. I applaud the engineers in Neil's area that are professional enough to recognize the need to interact and work through common issues. On the down-side, I think this is more the exception to the rule than the norm. Nigel's comments as a president of a state chapter of NSPE reflected a response to an apathetic profession. I believe that the requirements for Continuing education will not be a popular idea, however it is the responsibilty of the licensing agency and professional associations to determine the level of professionalism required. The University does not allow us to determine when it is time to stop learning, nor does the licensing board who determines how much apprenticeship is needed. One thing that we have discussed is that the issue is not necessarily based upon the inability of the engineer in his practice, but upon the inaccessibility of the information needed to understand code changes and methodologies for new materials or the needed modifications that occur between code publications. One example is the FEMA publications for Moment Frame structures that occured between code cycles, or the Seminars that occured between the Northridge Earthquake and the 1997 UBC. Please note that the measures adopted after Northridge negated the new measures of the 1994 UBC before it was even adopted by the municpalities. Taking it one step further, to stay abreast of the changes required the engineer to have knowledge of the seminars available in major cities, to be a member of an SEA organization in order to receive FEMA's guides (they don't mail guides based upon BORPELS records, they mail to known members of professional organizations). Now, consider that the majority of licensed professionals are not members of SEA or ASCE or CASE or NSPE - and my have no affiliation of their own. Their sole source of information is the code and any additional research they are in mind to do. My point is that we do (and should) allow our professional organizations that help create the design and code changes to establish requirments for professional licensing renewal based upon the myriad of information that should be reaching our desks but don't. By establishing CEU's, we increase the number of publications as well as help to put much of this information into accessible hands like our SEAOC Internet web. Dennis Wish PE.
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