Use of the Metric System in Water Resources

by Jan van Schilfgaarde, (Hon.M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


ASCE has advocated use of the metric system since 1876, and the Board of Direction's policy statement specifically urges use of SI in all civil engineering activities. In water resources management, as in other sectors of society, use of SI will simplify calculations, design, and construction and thus be economically advantageous. Experience shows that start up costs are manageable and generally much less than anticipated. Internationalization of the world economy requires U.S. engineers to use SI in order to stay competitive. For SI to become the universal language of communication, it is necessary that one adhere scrupulously to its rules.

Subject Headings: Metric systems | Water resources | Water policy | Water use | Economic factors | Professional societies | Construction management | Hydraulic engineering

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