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Re: Non Professionals doing Engineering

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CALCULATOR!!!  You trust those dumb things!  Where is my old slide rule? 

KNOWING the answer and having a "FEEL" for the answer are two different
things.  But I still think those preaching the concept of don't use a
computer unless you already know the answer are being disingenuous.  

There is always a first time for each of us to design anything.  Those
who have designed a particular structure many times in the past may have
the ability to predict the outcome of the structural design. However,
the first few times are new to each of us.

The input and results of a computer analysis should be checked for
"garbage" and to make sure the results conform to basic engineering
principals.  However, putting the restriction of not being able to use a
computer until you are able to predict the outcome ahead of time is not
in my opinion a realistic approach.


jerome.tan(--nospam--at)PAREURO.COM wrote:
> Upon looking at a project, we rack up numbers in our brains and come out with ballpark figures. This especially applies for projects you are invited to bid on and prepare for it in a very limited time. You may not have the luxury to run  a detailed analysis and tapping that so-called stock knowledge would be your most immediate resource.
> Running a detailed analysis through the computer would somehow justify your thought calculations and give you *exact* answers so that it would give you your *exact* sections, reinforcements and the likes.
> But a computer is only as good as the user. Garbage in, garbage out.
> Jerome