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Letters to the Editor

I first came across the Tredgold definition of civil engineering while I was at university. Even then it struck me as old-fashioned, and I found it hard to equate with what I was studying or wanted to do. I like the new definition. It fits both what I do and my aspirations. It presents a positive image of what I am. I like to be perceived as a custodian of the world, rather than as its dominator and exploiter. So congratulations to the Future Framework implementation team!

Yet, I have a slight niggle of doubt about why we are changing the definition. Is it to reflect better the engineer's changing role? Or are we fudging the definition to open the Institution to all-comers, simply to wield the power and influence of a large organisation and fill our coffers?

Simon Bisset (G), simon@bissets.freeserve.co.uk

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