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Christopher is absolutely Wright! I have referred to a number of very old papers
as a starting point for some new designs, or to understand the theoretical
background. Generally, practice is a couple of decades behind theoretical

The evaluation of an academic is often based on the number of research papers
published, and that is done by presenting partial results in each paper so that
the number of papers published is more. That said, is it not as if you get no
worthwhile info from all the papers. I am also not very impressed with the
current papers. Another item that is lacking is the interaction between
practicing engineers and academics. Academics are not interested in problems
which cannot be funded for research or cannot become topics worth publishing.
There is a conflict of interest.

I would presume that objective of ASCE in publishing different journals is to
address the interests of different categories of people in the profession.

Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) used to have alternate issues devoted to
theory and construction. AISC has different journals.

Some of the conference proceedings I have seen have a number of good, practical
articles. I think practicing engineers should devote some time to put down their
experiences and feedbacks in the form of papers and submit to the right journal.

Live and let live?

M. Hariharan

Christopher Wright wrote:

> >As such, they are of some passing interest, but very little from a practical
> >standpoint.
> The University of Minnesota has a collection of ASCE Transactions going
> back almost 100 years. There is a lot of very useful information on
> structural dynamics and applied mechanics written between
> design-by-rule-of-thumb and computer-as-magical-black-box periods.
> There's some excellent material on bolted and welded moment connections,
> dynamics and behavior of structural details like bracing that not only
> present results but sound physical explanations and (imagine!) numerical
> examples. The same holds true for ASME Transactions. I use a lot of the
> work as a starting point in conjunction with FEA solutions. Anyone who
> has a spare afternoon should park in a technical library somewhere and
> start paging through a couple of volumes of the Journal of the Structural
> Division dating from the 50's and '60's--they're gold mines.
> That said, the literary quality of much of what currently passes for
> engineering publications really is as dead as draftsmanship. Current
> emphasis seems to be on presenting just enough of a smattering of
> research work so publication can be spread out over several journals and
> conferences. The paper I'm looking at by John Archer on formulation of
> mass matrices (published in 1964) is an absolute jewel and a must read
> for anyone doing dynamics problems with FEA.
> Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant from
> chrisw(--nospam--at)        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
> ___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)