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Broader and deeper

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You are right, Adrian, on the need to widen our members' "knowledge base" but hard to see how this is to be done. 200 years ago an engineer was either 'military' or 'civil' - Brunel demonstrating the very wide range of skills of the latter. Today it's much harder. In the 1950s I was involved in two long-term contracts, one in Northumberland and one in Nigeria. In the former it was decided to engage management consultants - rare in those days - and I was sent on a six week induction course with them before joining their man on the contract. A serious potential loss was reversed within 18 months. Five years later the same approach was taken on the already profitable Nigerian contract. In long contracts I saw two phases. First, civil engineering when plant and method are set (if not done at the tender stage) and then using 'production engineering' analytical and human methods to refine things - often with significant results! Dick Batt MICE

Posted date

28 August, 2015

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8:58 pm

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