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Currently have a near graduate civil engineer in the office, completes final
year project next week and expects to graduate. Painting by numbers would
seem to be the requirement for understanding. Oh! And photographs to know
what the building looks like: a building which doesn't exist yet.

Since they study the structural codes in civil engineering, I was expecting
more familiarity with such codes, and more familiarity with the components
of a building. He showed me his lecture handout for wind loading, and all it
covers is wind uplift on an isolated rafter, and no real explanation of what
is going on. Not exactly assessing a whole building for wind loading. So not
really covered wind loading.

As for pictures. Well drawing a freehand sketch, a free body diagram would
be useful. But not in lecture notes, so why would he start there? Plus there
is the excuse: "I can't draw". Can only get better at drawing if keep
practicing, by doing: and no one is expecting a work of art.

So doesn't appear to be any real benefit to studying civil engineering in
preference to mechanical.

Looks like I am going to be spending a lot of time providing assistance and
some form of training. Going to be interesting.

Conrad Harrison
B.Tech (mfg & mech), MIIE, gradTIEAust
South Australia


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