You will have realised from the title of this site that I am an Engineer, you may even have spotted that I am a Civil Engineer. In fact, I am a Chartered Civil Engineer although this doesn’t mean that I am qualified at being polite. I’m not going to go into what it does mean in any detail, if you don’t know it won’t make any difference and if you do know then you have my sympathies.
Civil Engineering, if you agree with Thomas Tredgold (1788 – 1829) and the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1828, is the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man.
Civil Engineering concerns itself with infrastructure and built environment and covers a myriad of areas including: airports, bridges, buildings, dams, drainage, flood defence, railways, roads, rivers and canals, sewage treatment, structures, transport, water supply and treatment. This is distinct from Military Engineering which tends to concern itself with the destruction of the same infrastructure, although in the spirit of fairness and balance I am obliged to point out that many Military Engineers are engaged in humanitarian projects too.
Anyway, as part of my professional activities I often have recourse to calculations and from time to time I have developed the odd spreadsheet which I periodically lose or give to someone and then update to either improve it or correct an error and forget to update the other copies. So initially at least this area of the site is planned to be home to a few humble home grown utilities and calculation assistants.
You are, of course, welcome to use any of these as they are created, however please note that these utilities are provided with absolutely no warranty, indemnity or guarantee either implied or given.
If you do spot an error or can think of an improvement please drop me a line. I can’t promise an instant response as these are, after all, the product of spare time which is in limited supply, as anyone in my profession will testify to. But, I will consider any suggestions and implement what interests me.