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Matthias, F. T. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 33, Number VI (March 1929)

Editorials,   pp. 210-211


Page 210


T1he WISCONSIN ENGINEER
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RICH, NOT You have heard the most cordial invitation
GAUDY        and welcome of the Union for its use by
the whole student body, and you have of course marveled
at its beauty and richness. Yet it seems not a few have
been falsely impressed and awed by its seeming austerity
and grandeur, which is at once a tribute to the art and
fineness of the Union and an admittance of weakness on
our part to appreciate its true significance. Of course, the
great rooms and halls are finished
in better taste and greater richness
than most of us have enjoyed, yet
surely this does not preclude their
utility and us from  a true en-
joyment of them.
  The very nature of rooming
houses makes for isolation in small
groups which has in general a
deliterious effect on most of us
in the matter of the true spirit of
college, which is now forming
about the Union. Still many of
us are shy of the beauty of it and
are not availing ourselves of its
true value. It would, indeed, be
preposterous if in time the Union,
paid for and delivered, should
admit that only a select group
made use of anything but the
Rathskellar, and a sadder truth
that Wisconsin men in general,
were incapable of appreciating
true Art and Beauty.
AN          In our February num-
AFOLOGY     her the last sentence
in the article on the new Lake-
side Turbine Generator read:-
Xr. T.               . .
lN Cxt summer, wuen tme second
       A PROPHECI
   AN ENGINEER
ARUnited States!'
reception in his hono
introduced as particul
the office, and the
tremendous enthusiast
there is no other ma:
moment who seems
high office of Chief T
has been of the best
been broad. He is
above sordid selfishnes
on the ground and a
might almost be class
is the rare prophet
own country. His i:
upon other than engir
and yet he is honoi
more than by those ot
Placed at the head of
without doubt, apply
level-headed and enei
has employed with s.
in his previous unde
almost everything else
an engineer.
  E*EDITOR S NOTE: This
the November, 1919, r
Engineer.
1300 lb. boiler is installed, both 1300 lb. boilers will feed
the new 1200 lb., 60,000 kw. turbine, -. It should have
readc:- Next summer, when the second 1300 lb. boiler is
installed, both 1200 lb. turbines will feed the new 300 lb.,
60,00() kw. turbine,
THE ENGINEERS During the recent convention of the
CONVENE             Engineering Society of Wisconsin, it
was gratifying to see the number of students who assisted
in the preparations and attended the meetings. It is an
indication that our engineering undergraduate is really
interested in professional work, and is availing himself of
the opportunity to learn to appreciate the problems and
situations that are arising continually before the man in
professional practice. Here, before him at the convention,
was an example of constructive programs being mapped
out for the state by professional men of the state. The
convention's resolution, advocating the creation of the
position of city planning engineer on the Wisconsin high-
way commission, was a notable step forward in the future
program of state-wide
C FULFILLED*
for President of the
Why Not? At a recent
r, Herbert Hoover was
arly choice material for
idea was greeted with
n. Certain it is that
71 in public life at this
so well fitted for the
Magistrate. His training
and his experience has
idealist enough to rise
s and yet keep his feet
ccomplishes results that
ed as miracles. Hoover
who is honored in his
?nternational fame rests
leering accomplishments
red by engineers even
itside of the profession.
this nation, he would,
to its affairs the same
-getic methods that he
ich conspicuous success
ertakings. We've tried
as president; let's try
editorial is reprinted from
number of the Wisconsin
- development, and illustrates the
I sort of thinc bieincr cone, lixr nro-
fessional men in professional or-
ganizations. This recommendation
will undoubtedly be acted upon
by the legislative bodies of Wis-
consin in the near future. Such
action is typical of the work being
done by Engineering societies, and
the technical student can well
afford to become acquainted with
their aims and accomplishments.
FLYING        With the realiza-
MAY HELP tion that flying is
becoming increasingly important
in transportation and communica-
tion, comes the engineer's con-
sideration of its possibilities in
the solution of his problems. One
of the most important engineering
work, that of surveying and map-
ping, is being revolutionized by
the use of aerial photography.
Aerial photography, perfected to
a high degree during the last
war, can, under certain conditions,
produce maps more quickly and
more cheaply than could the old
methods of topographic mapping.
I he appraisal engineer is being
affected more than any other type of engineer by this
modern method of mapping. He can have an aerial map
made quickly and compartively cheaper, which brings be-
fore him all buildings, and fence lines, every tree and
bush, and all the things about a town or piece of property
that affect its value. While a surveyor's map of such an area
would be expensive and probably not accurate as to detail,
the photographic map is correct and leaves nothing out.
  It is necessary that the engineer appreciates improved
methods of doing engineering work. If aerial photography
can produce results more cheaply and accurately than the
old method survey, it becomes the duty of every engineer
to inform himself as to its practical uses and its limitations.
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