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>. Your correspondent, A. E. Gordon, ; has missed the point of our appeal ■ to the Transport Board. In the inter- : ests of efficiency and economy of i purchase we are asking the board to : send a chartered engineer overseas > with the two clerical men who are to investigate a new transport system for Auckland. We are not suggesting that it should send any particular engineer, neither are we asking that an outside engineer be employed for the work. Furthermore, no attempt is being made to prevent either of the two officers already chosen from being sent. We regard these two men highly, and undoubtedly they 1 can handle the clerical side of the investigation. But they cannot possibly adjudicate efficiently or report authoritatively on the many engineering aspects. Despite the assertion of your correspondent to the contrary, neither of these men is a qualified engineer; if one judges by recognised standards; and the board has never suggested that either man is so qualified. If the considerations involved in this major scheme are of such small moment as A. E. Gordon implies, then no overseas visit by anyone would really be justified at all. But such is not the case, and an investigation of the technical aspects by a properly qualified engineer is highly desirable. The statement of your correspondent shows a lack of appreciation of these engineering aspects. It is a similar lack that is causing us to make our protests to the board. PROF. ENGINEERS' ASSN.

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ENGINEERS' PROTEST, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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ENGINEERS' PROTEST Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945