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Well said.

John P. Riley, PE, SE
Riley Engineering, 20 Oakwood Drive, Blue Grass, Iowa 52726
Tel & Fax:  319-381-3949  jpriley485(--nospam--at)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Syed A Masroor <smasroor(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2000 9:17 AM
Subject: Re: Engineers using NAFTA Labor

>         As the instigator of the last riot, let me add another point.
> Whether you are in Pakistan or the US, you must have noticed how the
> breed of structural engineers is decreasing in number and quality.  Even
> people with ten years experience are retraining as IT professionals.  I
> think its time we stuck together, globally, to make our profession more
> competitive and retain the best people.  Any work transferred overseas
> increases our competitiveness as a whole and helps us ride the trough
> when there's a slump in any one market.
>         Some local supervision will always be required.  I'd hate to be
> EOR on a foreign project untill such time as the technology advances to
> a level where I can watch on my screen, live, as the concrete is being
> poured.  Below that, we can delegate.  The degree of delegation will
> always depend on the level of confidence we have on an individual, and
> of course final drawings will always have to be checked by whoever is
> sealing them.
>          Global Market is not a political issue.  Its a technological
> issue.  The quicker we adapt to the new reality, the better it is going
> to be in the long run for all of us.  I hope that this time round, we
> will get some serious responses on how to handle the safety and quality
> issues, instead of needless chest thumping.
> Syed A Masroor, PhD
> Consulting Structural Engineer.