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Thanks also for the site.

--- On Mon, 7/18/11, David Merrick, Structural Engineer, Merrick Group <> wrote:

From: David Merrick, Structural Engineer, Merrick Group <>
Subject: changes to a constant problem
To: "SEAINT" <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Monday, July 18, 2011, 7:21 PM

Feeling COMPETENT that increasing design code, changing jurisdiction or changing certification will fix a constant rate of failure.

The following bog is from a very close college.

Here are some excerpts from its first entry.

to err is human and all of us will eventually fail at any task no matter how careful, skilled or knowledgeable we are.

failure rate for different classes of civil engineering structure is between 1 and 5 percent...the constant at fault is the human factor.

Self-serving bias can prevent humans learning from their mistakes.

It is comic to think about it but half of us are below average in any skill category but when asked, the majority will assess themselves as above average.

It is disturbingly common to find that the less competent a person is at a task, the higher the esteem in which they hold their own competence.

The catch 22 of engineering is that if you think you know what you are doing, you probably don’t while if you doubt you own skill, you may actually be quite good at what you are doing.

David Merrick, SE

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