Author: Yeatman, Morgan E
1st July 1923
First published: 1st July 1923
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Yeatman, Morgan E
Military implications of the term “Engineer” prior to the 19th Century.
Doubtless the cave dweller had his arts of fortification, and those savagts who erected
defences of wicker screens were in very truth the prototypes of the engineer. Specialisation had already set in wherever groups of men were set apart to maintain and repair the wicker defences.
E. Fiander Etchells
The writer is not familiar with what may have been published in England concerning the sad event which occurred in our national capital more than a year ago, namely, the collapse of the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre, at Washington, DC., when about a hundred people were killed. He is familiar, however, with the fact that in nearly every event of this sort there is a reason given out which is erroneous and yet is held to as the explanation of the failure, a standard error, so to speak, which cannot be shaken loose. There are many such standard errors, ideas that it is impossible to dissipate. For example, nearly everyone in the United States will tell you, that if a hole were bored vertically through the earth, it would come out in China-China which is in the same hemisphere (the northern) with this country.
The British Standard Specification for Portland cement was first issued in 1904 by
the Engineering Standards Committee (now the British Engineering Standards Association, incorporated in 1918), a body, as its name implies, entrusted with the framing of engineering standards of all kinds, and supported by all the chief Engineering Institutions of this country. This specification was drawn up by a representative committee, 25 in number, consisting of engineers, contractors and cement manufacturers, etc., under the chairmanship of the late Sir William Mathews, the well-known dock and harbour engineer.