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Setting standards

Letters

Good old setting-out took a bit of a (peg) bashing (NCE The Question and Letters, 6 June ).

It seems that at least two of your contributors consider it beneath them to perform one of the most challenging and important tasks an engineer ever has to do.

A correspondent told that his son was excused site work by the agent, in order to exploit his 'wider, more valuable skills'. This may or may not have been a reflection of his abilities in the field, but I suspect that extra costs due to errors in setting out far exceed those due to errors in other day to day site disciplines.

It is down to the site engineer, trainee or not, to literally steer the construction in the right direction often under great pressure from many fronts.

Setting out is not easy and it's not always pleasant, but it is part of the deal and has real practical benefits. In any case, if the engineer opts out, who else is supposed to do it?

If you are a potential high flier, eventually you'll fly.

Just take some time to learn the fundamentals of our business.

Ian Robinson (AM), 16 Eden Grove, Bolton Le Sands, Lancs, LA5 8DF.

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