Stop the World-- I Want to Get Off!

by John Huston, Consulting Engr.; John Huston, Inc., Corpus Christi, Tex.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 12, Pg. 66-67

Document Type: Feature article


The essays that won first and third prizes in the 1981 Essay Contest are presented. The first-prize essay, by John Huston, is entitled Stop the world — I want to get off. It is a satire on how members of the other world (academia) write as compared to real world practitioners. The third-prize essay, by David Biggs, is entitled Engineering detailing: a vanishing art— Though some engineers don't find them exciting, engineering details for a structure are crucially important. Failure to pay close attention to details is behind the tragic failures of many structures. The author also provides tips for improved detailing.

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