Every experienced, specialist engineer once, a long time ago, started at the bottom of the ladder. For young engineers there is a path that has to be followed to get to higher ground. This short article will, with the focus on geotechnical engineering, attempt to explain key things that need to be part of the stepping stones at the beginning of an engineering career.
Throughout scientific and engineering history, major breakthroughs have taken place when many disciplines have come together for common benefit and synergy. Think of the moon landings for example - with a bit of reflection, I'm sure you could count many "pure" disciplines that were required to make that possible. What is more important, though, was the seamless interaction between the disciplines.
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Bruce Raath attended the Durban High School and graduated from the University of KZN. His career embraced several different disciplines and culminated in a partnership at Contest Concrete Technology Services.