Is it time for a National Hug an Engineer Day?

Codes - from the people who bring you Safety and Peace of Mind

Codes - from the people who bring you Safety and Peace of Mind

August 23, 2011 – 1:51pm EDT – A Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake emanated from an epicenter near Mineral, Virginia – about 90 miles Southwest of Washington, D.C.. Effects were felt across a large portion of the eastern and middle United States.

Like many others, I was thankfully surprised by the lack of major damage and serious injury resulting from this seismic event, given its proximity to so many large cities. Recalling recent (granted, and more powerful) earthquakes in other parts of the world, the following thoughts came to mind:

The next time I hear someone railing against “burdensome regulations”, I will ask; “Oh, you mean, like the ‘International Building Code’?”.

If your building was in the coverage area of this earthquake – and is still standing – thank the prevailing Building Code, Code Enforcement Agencies and the Engineers that designed it.

Perhaps it’s time for a National “Hug an Engineer” Day?

About Dave Pluke

Dave Pluke served as "the man behind the curtain" (Principal and VP of Technology) of a successful Structural Engineering firm for over 2 decades. Overseeing the transition from two, stand-alone 80286 Personal Computers, through Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Design to a fully networked, Building Information Modeling (BIM) integrated environment has provided plenty of "life lessons" (sounds better than "battle scars", doesn't it?). This blog's purpose is to share those experiences and apply lessons learned to better assist meeting the challenges of the future.
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