Letters to the editor: quantity 17, subject 7

Letters to the editor: quantity 17, subject 7

Within the August 2022 subject of E&T, readers talk about the professionals and cons of concrete, waste disposal, engineers’ standing and extra.

Constructions that final by means of time

The April 2022 subject of E&T checked out present and future makes use of of concrete in building. Right here in Quebec, Canada, chilly climate right down to -35°C in winter and sizzling climate as much as +37°C throughout summer time has a serious and violent affect on concrete constructions. The atmospheric humidity, hot-cold cycles and the usage of de-icing salt on roads and bridges has additionally contributed to the speedy degradation of every part manufactured from concrete that’s positioned exterior. Bridges, overpasses, sidewalks, buildings, monuments, statues… every part.

The standard of concrete was not very excessive prior to now, and a few say the brand new materials is a lot better performing. However nonetheless, even as we speak, we will see cracks forming in concrete that was poured only a 12 months in the past.

Previously decade, after the collapse of bridges and overpasses manufactured from concrete, a serious inspection of all transportation constructions was urgently carried out. In consequence, many needed to be demolished as a result of the concrete was brittle, exposing rusty metal rod armatures. General, the constructions have been unsafe. The Champlain mega bridge, constructed simply 60 years in the past, needed to be demolished and changed as a result of the concrete of the deck and piers was falling aside.

As a comparability, the Victoria Bridge crossing the St Lawrence River was constructed between 1854 and 1859. It has 24 piers in water, all manufactured from stone, and continues to be utilized by automobiles and freight/passenger trains.

Many constructions constructed with stone by the Romans are nonetheless standing tall after some 2,000 years. Lastly, let’s not neglect the concrete manufacturing course of could be very polluting, and so constructions manufactured from stone have been way more environmentally pleasant.

Our selfish society thinks that fashionable expertise is above something that has ever existed earlier than. It’s tough for many individuals to simply accept the truth that some issues made prior to now have been a lot better. A bit humility wouldn’t damage. We should always construct civil engineering constructions that may stand the take a look at of time, thus return to the stone.

Robert Boily FIET

Quebec, Canada

Time to speak waste within the boardroom

It was nice to see the July 2022 subject of E&T dedicated to the topic of waste. Among the messages relayed in it correspond with the IET Technique 2030, which outlines 5 societal challenges: sustainability and local weather change, digital futures, wholesome lives, people-centric infrastructure, and productive manufacturing.

These additionally align with suggestions from Jeremy Rifkin, advisor to German, EU and Chinese language governments, who has prompt a sequence of tips emigrate out of the carbon-intensive second industrial revolution infrastructure, fuels and wastes. We should always shift to renewable power; rework the constructing inventory on each continent to gather renewable power onsite; deploy hydrogen (by way of electrolysis) and different storage applied sciences in each constructing and all through the infrastructure to retailer intermittent energies; use web applied sciences to remodel the ability of grid of each continent into an energy-sharing inter-grid that acts as a distributed community, just like the web; transition the transport fleet to electrical and fuel-cell automobiles that may purchase and promote power on an interactive energy grid.

These 5 factors may be distilled into one message – enhance effectivity and scale back waste in all sectors.

I do know there are main impediments to retrofitting current methods. My query to E&T readers is, what can engineers do to assist transfer in direction of this extra environment friendly distributed financial system in a sensible and significant means, with out dropping our shirts? It’s not too late to have these discussions in our boardrooms, in addition to with our clients and buyers.

EurIng Alan Rossney CEng FIET

By electronic mail

Simpler disposal will deal with waste downside

I discovered the July 2022 subject of E&T enlightening, notably the ‘waste mafia’ piece. The federal government is anxious about fly-tipping, the price of clean-up and the related environmental injury. If we need to cease fly-tipping, the reply isn’t extra CCTV/surveillance – merely make it simpler for everybody to get rid of waste.

My native tip accepts most waste behind a automotive; vans should have a allow however even non-public people need to pay to get rid of many objects. I changed a chipped sink within the downstairs lavatory, I checked the council web site and, positive sufficient, if my load is unfastened within the boot (sink, a couple of tiles, some plumbing components) that will probably be £50 (together with VAT). That is apparently extra affordable than the neighbouring borough, whose residents are now not allowed to go to ‘my’ tip.

On one event, a well mannered younger man requested if I used to be native and wished to see proof of tackle. This was an outrage for some members of my neighborhood, and now the tip has number-plate-recognition cameras.

If we make every part a cost-centre, every part prices extra. Take a look at the larger image, Prime Minister.

Brian Thomson

By electronic mail


Letters to the editor: quantity 17, subject 7

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How sandwich programs profit each side

I totally agree with CJ Poole’s feedback about some great benefits of college sandwich programs within the June 2022 subject of E&T. Nevertheless, there have been extra advantages. In my expertise, these college students have been a pleasure to show as they have been extra mature than faculty leavers and had a greater understanding of why they have been finding out for an engineering diploma. On account of some discussions with these college students, I gleaned worthwhile details about newest developments in trade that helped inform my educating.

John Martin FIET

Tub

Arduous truths for ‘moangineers’

I believe that if I had a pound for each letter in your journal from what I might describe as a ‘moangineer’ – somebody bewailing the dearth of standing (no matter that basically means) of our career – I’d be on my strategy to being a wealthy man.

There are some onerous truths for these (little question wonderful) of us who complain concerning the lack of recognition they understand they get, or (as they see it) the over-liberal use of the phrase ‘engineer’.

First, those that crave it will not be going to get the ‘standing’ they need simply by asking for it. We will’t sit in our places of work or look out of the window at others and easily say, “I’m higher than you, and also you’d higher consider it!”. Standing must be earned, and it’s not the reward of conceitedness. To achieve respect, I preserve that now we have to be constructive, artistic, good to work with, and perceive the wants of the individuals we work for.

Secondly, no-one goes to cease calling the dishwasher repairer an engineer simply because we would like them to. Certainly, why ought to we need to do this anyway? We must be pleased with, and encourage, anybody who needs to make lives higher to explain themselves as an engineer. Having the ingenuity to work out what an issue is and repair it, whether or not it’s a damaged workflow or a fault on a chunk of equipment, is core to our self-discipline.

I counsel to those that need larger ‘standing’ that they want first to work out what meaning to them, after which realise that the technique of attaining it are in their very own arms. If engineering isn’t “doing it” for them, then they should realise that it is perhaps time for a change to a profession that does.

Tim Donaldson

By electronic mail

Give attention to expertise to lift standing

Within the July 2022 subject of E&T, Anthony Gardner endorses Malcolm Joynson’s letter (March 2022) concerning the standing of engineers. Sadly, neither gentleman states clearly what they need the definition of ‘engineer’ to be, although Malcolm Joynson does point out skilled registration.

I’ve adopted this debate all through the 50 years of my membership. A few years in the past, at an IEE native group assembly, we have been honoured with a chat by the president of the day. The query of the standing of the engineer arose then. The president’s reply was very succinct – the IEE had no copyright of the phrase ‘engineer’.

It’s a very broad time period, which has been used for hundreds of years, and we aren’t going to vary frequent utilization of the English language. As an alternative, we have to have a look at one other identify to name ourselves to stress the extent of our work. How about ‘technologist’, mixed maybe with one’s specialist self-discipline?

Some years in the past, the IEE made the wise choice to rename itself the Establishment of Engineering and Expertise. The phrase ‘engineering’ represents the very broad vary of our disciplines and takes the main focus away from {the electrical} aspect. The phrase ‘expertise’ lifts our stage to that of making use of science to engineering duties. It’s the official identify of our establishment so allow us to use it extra, and ‘engineering’ much less, as a substitute of a futile try to vary thousands and thousands of individuals’s utilization of the English language.

Denis McMahon MIET

By electronic mail

The EurIng choice

For so long as I can keep in mind there was dialogue about how skilled engineers can obtain the popularity that their talents, expertise and {qualifications} deserve. Throughout that point a lot of the discussions have been about how the standing {of professional} engineers has been degraded, with quite a few different much less certified or skilled roles being described as engineers.

It does strike me that there’s a easy change that might be achieved: that of the use and subsequent recognition of the title EurIng throughout society.

In lots of circumstances, together with many authorities varieties, banking varieties, passport and driving licence purposes and many others, the primary field is so as to add your title. You might be provided many choices, however what number of varieties have you ever seen which have given the choice to tick or add EurIng? The one instances that I’ve ever been ready to make use of it have been at technical conferences and exhibitions – and solely then by deciding on ‘Different’ and typing it in.

If the IET utilized strain to varied organisations to have a default choice of choosing EurIng as a title, it might begin creating consciousness of it as an expert qualification.

EurIng David Guppy CEng FIET

By electronic mail

Use your chartered standing

The title chartered engineer is protected underneath UK regulation. Referring to technicians or restore personnel as engineers is embedded in our tradition now, so why combat a battle that’s misplaced after we have already got the answer? Be certain that to make use of your CEng title and the chartered prefix, simply as chartered accountants or chartered surveyors do. The media and basic public must be made conscious of the 180,000 UK-registered chartered engineers.

If a fitter or technician advertises their providers as a chartered engineer, now we have UK regulation to forestall this. If you’re not chartered and sad with the broader use of ‘engineer’, then right here is an effective incentive to register.

Peter Martin CEng MIET

By electronic mail

Packaging geometry

Michael Hartz (Letters, July 2022) suggests lowering the quantity of plastic utilized in a 4-pint milk container by altering the form to a cylinder. The prevailing form is simpler to stack and therefore transport. Extra importantly, how would a cylindrical milk container with diameter 14.2mm match into the door of a fridge? The oblong container has a depth of 11cm.

Patricia Lyle MIET

By electronic mail

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