As a normally placid retired civil engineer, my blood pressure immediately rose on reading Institution of Structural Engineers' president Bob McKittrick's claims that civil engineers were not qualified to carry out major structural engineering work (NCE 3 October).
I was trained by and have trained many engineers to ICE IStructE standard or both, and have never made or heard this assertion in over 40 years in the industry. I have found that many IStructE engineers are only so because they could not meet the requirements of the ICE.
Many engineers firstly qualified with ICE and are satisfied to rest on their laurels.
Others have the urge to top up their qualifications and add IStructE. Be that as it may, they are all, generally, good engineers in their own fields.
There are specialists in roads, earthworks, bridges, dams, piling, sewerage and geotechnics. Is it suggested that IStructE's should not dabble in these areas? I sincerely hope that all engineers are trained to know what they can do themselves and when they need to call in the experience of others.
Colin Sanderson (M).