‘It is unwise to pay too much, but worse to pay too little; when you pay too much, you lose a little money, that is all.
When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the things it was bought to do...'
I see that the question of a suitable definition of engineering has again been raised by Professor Happold and others. As engineering is an activity carried out by engineers, and as most of our institutions are of engineers rather than of engineering, possibly we should, instead, focus on the definition of an engineer. My own preferred definition of a structural engineer is ‘someone who can efficiently design any structure in the most appropriate material.’
Britain’s professions are currently under great pressure which threatens their survival. If I talk about structural engineering, it is not because the threat on it is any greater, but because it is the profession that I know best.