Engineering competency must extend beyond purely technical skills

2022 Consultants Forum

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By Pat Coleman

A pie-shaped piece of the clarifier floor broke and floated upward. I felt the words leap up my throat, “fill it!”. We found out later that the groundwater was perched on a layer of chalk. From this incident, I learned that I need to pay attention to the ground conditions we build on, I should have asked if we had monitoring wells at the site and that I should have checked the groundwater level given the intensity of rainfall. While writing this article, I thought I was glad I did not have to learn everything this way.

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