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Mr. Johnson: A project such as a float line involves all engineering disciplines with several special branches of these technologies in connection with such items as furnace, float process, etc. Pilkington Brothers Limited have a central engineering department which is responsible on a worldwide basis for the construction and for major repairs of the glass plants of the Group. The resources of this department are augmented from 0utsid.e for such people as consulting engineers, architects, contractors-including specialist contractors for the chimney, structural steelwork, etc.
Why should an engineer today concern himself with the past? Why consider the dead or worry about structural forms that are now outmoded, superseded design methods, or once hallowed assumptions now discarded? Most engineers see themselves as forward-looking people, anxious to be on top of contemporary knowledge and much more interested in what is to come than in what has been left behind.