In his letter about the Millennium footbridge (NCE 30 November), JA Sladen makes a very good point. We are placing far too much reliance on codes and too little on real engineering.
We need to encourage people to actually learn how to be hands on engineers, not mindless rule followers. If we go down the code route in a very few years we will be replaced by computers and quite rightly.
Engineers need to be able to observe and anticipate - what are the issues in this design - should I be checking for this condition or that? Any engineer who hides behind codes does not deserve the title and should be disciplined by the profession.
Philip Mendelsohn (M), 43 Tinto Road, Glasgow, G43 2AH