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Out of site, out of mind


Your article Short sited (NCE last week) made me think 'one up for the eggheads again'.

To become a civil engineer without working on site is absurd. The whole satisfaction of design and construction is seeing and taking part in building the works. An egghead is someone knowing more and more about less and less, and a gumboot a person knowing less and less about more and more. But any engineer worthy of becoming chartered must experience site construction.

Being involved in a project on site gives you the full picture of the profession. Translation from design to construction, working with all the site staff and seeing the works emerge from the ground to full completion is the ultimate thrill of being an engineer.

Make site visits compulsory during preparation for chartership, with a diary signed by the representative of the contractor a prerequisite of gaining chartered status. Let us have one up for the gumboots.

Alan Ridley( F ) alanridley@tiscali. co. uk

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