The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 86 (2008) > Issues > Issue 14 > Knowledge, experience and training - Emeritus Professor Roger P. Johnson
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Knowledge, experience and training - Emeritus Professor Roger P. Johnson

The subjects of this review are treated in turn, in a manner inevitably selective. The past century can be summarised as two periods, separated by World War II, which both interrupted progress and changed its direction. Advances in knowledge are typically taken up by very few, and may be followed by several decades of development, often by trial and error. Only the few advances that show clear economic benefit receive wide application in practice. The growth in complexity of both methods of analysis and codes of practice is noted, as is the interplay in the route to qualification between tests set by the Institution and by others. The route is more accessible than in 1908, especially for women. The greater knowledge required is more readily available. Competition for professional training of high quality continues.