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Clouded judgement

I would like to thank Jean Venables and David LloydRoach for their letter (NCE 10 November). It provided much amusement.

The letter was intended to reassure us about the continuing importance of site experience to the ICE. The authors proceeded to explain (at great length) that the core objectives had been changed to improve clarity. This would not appear to be successful.

I would not have written in, except that the letter quickly discards 'site experience' and then talks about 'practical implementation experience'.

I despair for the civil engineering profession generally and for young engineers in particular, at the apparent replacement of engineering judgement by the obfuscating layers of regulation and rote.

Conciseness and common sense appear to be disappearing from engineering. Development and progress must continue, but essential values should not be discarded in the process.

Ken Kershaw, kk@kenkershaw. wanadoo.

co. uk

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