I found it very interesting to read this account of a program of work during the Great Depression that not only helped fellow Engineers, but also produced some needed work for a number of states.
Consider the equipment that is described in this article and compare it to what we have today. Heck, I’ve got equipment rotting in my closet that is much more useful than a 1 minute or 30 second transit. And, about any EDM can top using the 100′ tape for distances.
Consider the number of repetitive measurements that were made, both with the transit and tape, and today we take 2 or 3 30-second readings with a GPS receiver and call it good. Read the article and see what you think.
Did you also get the feeling that all of the people working in this program, doing very repetitive work, were grateful? They had pride and appreciation for the work. Compare that to some attitudes today – not so appreciative. It certainly makes me realize I should be more thankful for the work that I have. It’s been very busy for me lately, even during the worst days of COVID. So, instead of complaining about how much work I have to do, I should say how blessed with how much work I have to do. I honestly have not been thankful enough.
One person in my office feels “an obligation” to the potential clients who call us every day. We don’t even get pricing back to most of them. This seems unappreciative on the surface. I would argue (which I’m good at) that if I give them a price that it will take to get the work done that it won’t help them either, but, nevertheless, I should maybe help them find someone more suited to help them. That would be appreciation to a level that my heart should be. And, I’m sure that person would be more proud of me. I would also be more proud of myself.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.