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This is the version I have posted:

“Engineering is the art of modelling materials we do not wholly understand, into shapes we cannot precisely analyze so as to withstand forces we cannot properly assess, in such a way that the public has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.”
attributed to Dr AR Dykes British Institution of Structural Engineers, 1976.



Michelle Motchos, PE
Stevens & Wilkinson of South Carolina, Inc.

Columbia, Sc

From: Daniel Popp [mailto:drp181(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, February 09, 2007 12:29 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Unofficial Definition of Structural Engineering



I'm looking for a reference to the classic definition of structural engineering, roughly paraphrased as:

"The art of taking materials whose properties we can only estimate to design structures to resist loads we cannot accurately predict in such a manner that no one knows the difference."

I've seen this in print somewhere, but cannot find it.  Any ideas?

Daniel Popp