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- From: Christopher Wright <chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com>
- Date: Wed, 10 Feb 99 10:14:15 -0600
>It is unfortunate that quite a few Engineers who mentor those new in our >field find it difficult to take the necessary steps to assure adequate field >experience. Ahhh, yes.... _field_ experience. Couldn't figure out how the hell experience found its way into manila folders. ;-> So ere's an illustration. I got involved in inspecting some large grain bins for suspected damage from off-center withdrawal. The inspection involved examination for out-of-roundness with a sort of tram to measure the local radius. One very cold snowy day two of us engineers and a technician were slogging through kee deep drifts around a bin when a guy wades over and strikes up a conversation leading to what we were doing. Turns out he worked for the contractor who assembled the bin, which came basically in kit form from the manufacturer. During the course of the conversation he allowed as how he didn't like engineers much because they acted like they knew it all and only listened to others of their kind. We explained what we were doing and chatted for a while. He was happy to share what he knew about putting up bins, which helped us, even when he found out we were engineers. He also found out that we weren't looking to hang him for his anchor bolt placement, which was the wrongly suspected cause of several other failures, and that probably made him a lot chattier, too. I suspect we parted on better terms than we met and I'm certain we were both a lot smarter as a result. That was yet another reminder to spend time in the shop or on the site so I learn from people who do the work. These are the people who control projects--not the specs nor the drawings nor the calculation packages, least of all the suits strolling around 'expediting.' The last thing I want is for somone on the job to suspect something's wrong and keep it to himself because he thinks I'm an overeducated snot. The Hyatt Skywalk collapse might have been prevented if workers' complaints that the skywalks seemed soft had been heeded. Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant from chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com | this distance" (last words of Gen. ___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864) http://www.skypoint.com/~chrisw
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