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On Jul 20, 2005, at 11:43 PM, Mark Gilligan wrote:

Engineering is not just about calculations. Engineering is about excercising judgement, servicing
the needs of our client, and complying with the code.
That's a very good point. But calculations form the scientific basis for all those. It's fair to say that there are calculations involved in all three: judgment, client needs and and code compliance, because design at its root is a process of making quantitative predictions: how many bolts of what length to resist a particular load. Many of these calculations are mental or even implicit. But every time we compare two things or alternatives or envision the progression of a design or anticipate a client's response we're calculating.
Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)   | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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