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- From: "Bill Polhemus" <polhemus(--nospam--at)insync.net>
- Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 10:11:01 -0500
> -----Original Message----- > From: Lutz,James [mailto:JLUTZ(--nospam--at)earthtech.com] > Sent: Monday, October 25, 1999 5:44 PM > To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org > Subject: RE: Post-tensioning > > > ...and can compete against low wage engineers from other countries. I say "bring 'em on." The fallacy of the arguments of e.g. the Buchananites is that they don't recognize "quality" as a saleable asset, only quantity. Quality costs more. And it is recognized that it is WORTH more. Were it not so, do you think Mercedes-Benz would still be in business? I defy "foreign design professionals" to figure out how things get done in this country. Even when I bring foreign-born engineers into my bridge group, it takes A LOT of training before they can determine how to do things "correctly" in accordance with the way things are done in this country. EXAMPLE: When designing a long-span steel bridge, I constantly came into "conflict" with a Chinese-born engineer, with a Ph.D. from a U.S. university, who could not understand the need to simplify and make uniform details. He insisted on saving every ounce of steel he could, even if it meant that we had twenty different sections! He simply couldn't get the fact that, here in the U.S., material is CHEAP; it is LABOR that is dear. In the P.R.C., it is precisely the opposite. Also, constructibility issues were seemingly beyond him, since his attitude is, "well, we'll figure it out in the field." I had to continually remind him that "we" would not be in the field. In China, the engineer is GOD, and follows a project from start to finish, going from the office to the field, and "figuring things out" when you get out there. Here, of course, we worry mainly about executing a set of BID DOCUMENTS. That whole process seemed beyond his admittedly genius-level mind to comprehend. In conclusion, there is so much more to KNOW about providing design services. It isn't like writing a bunch of "C" code for a computer program. The context is vital.
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