Well, said, Mr. Sprague.
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every officer and man to do his duty this day."
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From: Harold Sprague
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Subject: RE: ASCE being attacked
Engineers that do a lot of
levy design or high rise design have earned a large measure of
respect. They put their reputations and careers on the line every
I had one of the most respected academians in the world once confide
in me that he could NOT do what a regular practicing structural engineer
does routinely. The academian could develop the code, he could research
engineering, he could write books, he could teach structural engineering for a
half of a century, but he felt he would be lost actually designing the types of
projects that we PRACTICING structural engineers do on a daily basis. I
respect his candor and honest appraisal.
Broad based analysis of major disasters involving engineering is best done
with the input from all voices including academians, but should be driven by
those that stand up and put their careers on the line as
they seal drawings every day.
I have been a practicing structural engineer most of my life. I put my
career on the line every day. I have done no small amount of research and
development. I have on occasion criticized the work of fellow structural
I also serve a few stints as an adjunct professor of structural
engineering. I will not openly criticize academians. I have not
earned the privilege. But as a PRACTICING structural engineer. I would
ask for reciprocal courtesy until the academian has a few decades as a
PRACTICING engineer with his career on the line and his seal on the
(Expert in the assessment and dissemination of male bovine feces)
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 18:15:27 -0400
Subject: ASCE being attacked
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