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Codes vs Best Pratice: The Grad Match

December 13, 2012 7

Engineers should lose the codes and rely on best practice. It’s an opinion I’ve only heard advanced by older, potentially wiser, and definitely more experienced engineers. As a graduate I can see the romance in it; harking…Read More

5±1/115: The NCE Graduate Awards

December 7, 2012 2

You have to put yourself up for the NCE Graduate Award; I guess they assume you’ll have somewhat of an inclining if you are the greatest graduate of all time. I didn’t- initially dismissing it, having compared the previous…Read More

Civil Engineers and the Death Star

November 8, 2012 7

It turns out that there is a lot of things wrong with Death Star, from its implausible garbage shoot, gaping chasms inside rooms, and preposterously high energy weaponry. As a Civil Engineer, however, what nags me the most is…Read More

6/115: The NCE Graduate Awards

November 1, 2012 9

I’ve done some hasty research into the last five winners of the award instead. The first question is: who is this NCE Graduate of the Year? It turns out the average winner is a 60% male (the statistics are silent about…Read More

National Engineers Day

October 18, 2012 2

A quick bit of research shows us the professions that already have their own awareness days include: pirates, the armed forces, archaeologist, apprentices, the coast guard, mathematicians, and teachers. For many…Read More

What Do Civil Engineers Actually Do?

October 4, 2012 11

“What do Civil Engineers actually do?”. Bewilderingly this isn’t something I’ve actually written about, until now… I could toe the party line; but frankly it’s amazing how so many dynamic words can say so little. Instead I’ve…Read More

Engineering in 40 Years

September 20, 2012 9

Here is my response to the debate topic for this year. I suspect my inability to resist the urge to play with the stanza of ‘debate,’ especially given the speculative nature of the question, might not go down so well- but I…Read More

But Why Tom, Why?

August 16, 2012 3

A question that I get asked, with depressing frequency, is why I became a Civil Engineer. In a strange way, it’s a bit of a veiled insult; normally the question is ‘how’, not ‘why’. It suggests that the reasons for wanting to…Read More

The Last of the Students

August 9, 2012 4

Civil Engineering students are down by 12.1%, significantly more than the national average. The article blames everything from lack of awareness to reduced overseas interest. It’s hard to see how people did not see this…Read More

Like Lego- But for Adults

July 26, 2012 9

That’s how most of my (non-engineering) friends understand what I do. The fact is that even getting the “isn’t that, like, bridges and tunnels and roads and stuff?” response still feels like a victory. Long resigned to seeing…Read More