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Old 01-03-2012, 09:13 AM   #21
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My DH became an electrical engineer in 1987. He worked in R&D for 15 years, went back to university and did an M.Sc. in Materials, a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (specialization being nanomaterials). He taught a mandatory 2nd year course on materials during that time. One of the quiz questions was related to the tensile strength of rivets and what would happen if this requirement was miscalculated (the question related to airplane structure--I can't remember the question, but I do remember one student's answer, and I quote, was "Planes would fall from the sky and people would die." My DH's observation from the time he went to school and 2005-2009 was that there was a definite "dumbing down" of courses (which he observed during the 5 terms he taught the course, test questions had to be rewritten and materials revised so more student passed) and that students did not have to take mechanical drafting, technical writing, or other courses he had to take. He doesn't need a computer-generated CAD drawing--he can draw his own. The point being, the tool doesn't necessarily demonstrate the person understand the methodology behind generating the drawing. He had students who had to repeat the course 5 times and still had not passed it by the time he completed his Ph.D.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:35 AM   #22
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There is a band shell on a military post in Va built overlooking the parade field. The problem is the shell is built backwards and faces away from the field. It was built in the 1970's and is still there today. Everyone concerned had to know that it was wrong, but apparently that's the way the plans were drawn, and no one saw fit to correct.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:48 AM   #23
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There is a band shell on a military post in Va built overlooking the parade field. The problem is the shell is built backwards and faces away from the field. It was built in the 1970's and is still there today. Everyone concerned had to know that it was wrong, but apparently that's the way the plans were drawn, and no one saw fit to correct.
That brings to mind a quote:

"We have a breakdown in communication"

I saw a joke once that showed a construction crew digging this really deep hole with scaffolds around it. One of the people at the top of the hole was screaming into the hole "Stop Digging!, We had the plans upside down!" It was supposed to be a very tall building.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:52 AM   #24
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everybody stop it already--i'm going to be avoiding driving over bridges for weeks!!
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:37 AM   #25
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Speaking of stupid engineering and construction mistakes, here's one that's a little on the lighter side...

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Old 01-03-2012, 10:39 AM   #26
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Speaking of stupid engineering and construction mistakes, here's one that's a little on the lighter side...

That's a bit more "togetherness" than I would be comfortable with!
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:33 AM   #27
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steve, your urinal pic, (snl style) together with the spontaneous outpouring of my mind's visuals, has me smiling....a procession of scenarios taking place in that corner.... :)
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steve, your urinal pic, (snl style) together with the spontaneous outpouring of my mind's visuals, has me smiling....a procession of scenarios taking place in that corner.... :)

I am not sure we need a "spontaneous outpouring" on this one!
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:03 PM   #29
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I am not sure we need a "spontaneous outpouring" on this one!
Aunt Bea! Yer killin me!
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:30 PM   #30
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just a freudian spill, uh, slip on my part.... :)
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