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Here is a good history lesson on the Imperial System and its relationship to the US Customary System.
Kent Carlson
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From: Nels Roselund, SE [mailto:njineer(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2001 1:53 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Imperial Units

A client's specifications require the design of the project to be in imperial units. 
Is this a system of measurement?  What are its length/weight/force units?
This is a project that involves brickwork, and I seem to recall that there was a manufacturer of bricks that had  bricks of a special size and shape that were called imperial bricks -- I suppose these specs could be referring to brick units.  But the existing bricks are commons, and the context seems to give imperial a meaning that is more probably related to a system of measurement.
Nels Roselund
Structural Engineer
South San Gabriel, CA