Honoring Engineers


    Thanks to civil and structural engineers for making the world better.

    Normally, the 4th of July is a time for celebration of the founding of our country in 1776. And as great as it is that we’ve made it 242 years, it’s not what I wanted to talk about in this month’s publisher’s message. Instead, I would rather talk about how much we love engineers here at Civil + Structural Engineer — and not just any engineers, but more specifically civil and structural engineers!

    There are so many reasons we love you all; here are a few:

    You take your work seriously — Lives are on the line. Everything you do evidences an understanding of that fact. An indication of just how diligent you are lies in the very low number of problems that are caused by civil and structural engineers that result in death or serious injury every year.

    You are creative — Some of the designs I have seen — for high-rise buildings, long-span structures, cable-stayed bridges, seismic retrofits, land development projects, and much, much more — are truly amazing. Strength, durability, aesthetics, cost to build — all of these are considerations.

    You are solid citizens — It’s amazing how few engineers are also criminals. In fact, I’m pretty certain that the rate of criminality amongst civil and structural engineers has to be lower than that of other professions. It is so nice to work with well-intentioned, honest, ethical people. I don’t think you can put a price on the value of that!

    You are trying to make the world a better place — Your work improves the lives of everyone in some way. Without your contributions to our society and the world at large, who knows what the quality of life on this planet would be? I’m sure life expectancies would be much lower than they are with your many contributions.

    So here at Civil + Structural Engineer, we honor you. We love you. We respect you. And most importantly, we thank you for all you do for us! Enjoy this July issue and, as always, please pass it forward when you are done with it!

    Mark C. Zweig mzweig@zweiggroup.com