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Engineering and the human factor

By Joyce Coomer

No engineering idea, no matter how well planned out, no matter how well it looks on paper, no matter how wonderful it sounds, is not complete nor can be effectively utilized unless the quirks and oddities of humans are considered thoroughly.

Case in point . . . an employee of a northern university told me that when the university put up a new building, whether it be classrooms, dormitory or administration, they would not lay sidewalks until after a full school term, then would lay sidewalks where paths had been made by students and staff between existing buildings and the new building.

Seems to me someone should've personally observed traffic patterns on Highway 55 for several months before marking lanes . . .

- Joyce M. Coomer

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