The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 60 (1982) > Issues > Issue 10 > Correspondence on Structural Engineering - a Change in Philosophy by D.M. Brohn
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Correspondence on Structural Engineering - a Change in Philosophy by D.M. Brohn

Mr G. E. Bratchell (F) (NCL Consulting Engineers): When the paper ‘Teaching towards an improved understanding of structural behaviour’ appeared in 1977, I felt that the people responsible for teaching engineering were beginning to respond to an undercurrent of concern felt by practitioners (e.g. consulting engineers and contractors) that the products of universities were becoming more highly skilled as analysts but less able to achieve a feeling for general engineering behaviour. The effects of this were the production of structural designs with meticulously designed elements but with a tendency to suffer from weaknesses attributable to lack of understanding of the behaviour of the structure as a whole and, increasingly, the interactive behaviour of the foundation soils and other environmental effects.