Drawings and “Drawings”

Because the meaning of words tends to drift over time, and especially the meaning of words belonging to specialized niches like engineering, we end up with odd linguistic glimpses into the past. In 1988, I worked for a month or so on site at the construction of a large new concrete-frame building. The floors were …

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Other People’s [Drafting] Standards

There’s nothing wrong with a little professional voyeurism, right? The now-universal use of computer-aided drafting means that we, as structural engineers, almost never create our plans from scratch. On nearly all projects, we receive architectural plans in the form of CAD files which we convert to use as backgrounds. We then draft the information which …

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