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we cannot properly assess in such a way that the community has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance.”
Fortunately there are the safety factors and thus our structures have not failed yet… I think that a good measure to estimate the knowledge of an engineer can be the following: It is equal to the ratio of the grade of one’s degree in engineering to the safety factor with which one designs his structures:
DEGREE ÷ ENGINEERING GRADE ÷= KNOWLEDGE SAFETY FACTOR ÷
For example if somebody has finished the university with a grade 9/10 in his degree, and designs his structures with FS=1.5, he has knowledge equal to 9/1.5/10=6/10=0.6=60%. Think about it… How much knowledge do you possess and how can you make it larger?