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Posted: 16 Dec. 2015,22:33 QUOTE

Big News!

Im off to uni next year to study an integrated masters in civil engineering, not been happy in this job for a while, which is a shame as i have a great contact with the landscape architects.

The idea is to resume my self employment as a structural engineer post grad, which is do-able according to the ISE.

Ill be 27 by the time i start uni and 32 when i graduate which is a rather stressful thought.

Ive got two jobs to do in the new year then year end is feb, then ill wind everything down.

Learnt a lot from this site, self taught myself everything about paving after having started out my working life as a plasterer, thanks for that Tony!

Ill pop back no doubt every now and then.

Cheers fellas.
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Posted: 16 Dec. 2015,22:54 QUOTE

Nice one and good luck.

It's never too late as they say.
I have a lot of respect for the Civvies and the work they do.


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Posted: 16 Dec. 2015,22:56 QUOTE

It gives a good base for lots of stuff, I'm really keen for disaster relief and geo-technics, all covered in the degree.

I do feel too old, which i know is ridiculous, all me mates had their degrees years ago!
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Posted: 16 Dec. 2015,23:03 QUOTE

Wow, good luck.
Couldn't imagine going back to school. I'm not the brightest.
Spoke to a chap I know today, he's about 70, can't read or right  :p . Imagine that


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Posted: 17 Dec. 2015,00:47 QUOTE

a lot of uneducated people are stinking rich and a lot of very clever feckers are skint Dylan
But fair play to you Dan a brickie that used to work for me went back to college and is now a building inspector
I called him a poacher turned gamekeeper :-)
who knows by the time you are 40 you might have finished those books I sent ya  :;):
(the colouring ones remeber?)
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Posted: 17 Dec. 2015,20:38 QUOTE

I wish you the best of luck Dan

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Posted: 17 Dec. 2015,22:42 QUOTE

Cheers, Im looking forward to it tbh, never really done anything since school nor did i ever expect to, worked hard at times though mind.

The books are mixed up in my ever expanding book heap in the corner of the room, looks like a carboot sale lol i did read a few though?

Its a while off yet, did ask if i could sneak in on the course that started in sept, in the new year. They weren't very impressed with that idea.
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Posted: 18 Dec. 2015,22:24 QUOTE

Good luck,all the best......let us know what life's like on the other side..:D
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Posted: 25 Oct. 2017,22:28 QUOTE

Just browsing, i rarely come on here these days, thought id update this...

Student life is sweet :p

Switched from Civils to building surveying, couldn't get my head around the further maths, calculus anyone?

Hows everyone doing, are all the "regulars" still on here?
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Posted: 25 Oct. 2017,23:39 QUOTE

heads up  :)
still here Dan
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Posted: 01 Nov. 2017,09:03 QUOTE

Had the exact same issue, studied Civil Engineering at HNC level, struggled intensely with the mathematics side of things (structural analysis etc.), recently just started a degree in construction management, I'm only 26, but feel I'm going to reach a point where i cant progress any further professionally due to not having this piece of paper which I will frame and put up ion my downstairs toilet.
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Posted: 01 Nov. 2017,10:27 QUOTE

I was on an unofficial break from school the month they did calculus in what we used to call the 4th year, and so I never got to properly understand it....and it never did me any harm until about 5 years ago (roughly 35 years after missing it a school) when I had to get my head around a particular problem in a calculation for a soakaway (of all things!).

I then spent a fortnight bashing my aged brain against what felt like a brick wall until I finally had just about enough of an understanding to make sense of the problem.

And I've never used it since!

I know that if you are doing BIG Civ Eng  projects on a daily basis, a familiarity with calculus is all but essential, but for those of us at the simple end of the game, paving and drainage, it's probably more hassle than it's worth.


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Posted: 01 Nov. 2017,21:32 QUOTE

... Calculus.
" the branch of mathematics that deals with the finding and properties of derivatives and integrals of functions, by methods originally based on the summation of infinitesimal differences. The two main types are differential calculus and integral calculus."

What's difficult to understand about that then  ???  :;):   :O


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Posted: 02 Nov. 2017,23:33 QUOTE

I understood enough to pass the exam, i got quite good at it at one point, it would take a while i think to get in the groove as i haven't looked at it since.

We went on to do even more abstract stuff, number theory and advanced trig, i failed that bit.

Ive been offered a job in Landan LLL, might take them up on it when i leave
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Posted: 04 Nov. 2017,10:30 QUOTE

surprisingly i use simple trig almost daily
I prefer a 3:4:5 to any square
and use sine and cosine for working out rafter lengths
also 2 xPi xR   and Pi x R2  are very handy when working out circles etc
if you relocate to the smoke give us a ding Dan

cheers LLL :)


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Posted: 04 Nov. 2017,13:22 QUOTE

I shall, not sure on how i will afford to live down there though!

I met a builder once using A2+B2=C2 to layout footings, and i said to him "bloody hell, pythagorean theorem on a building site"....."pythagorean what" - he had no idea what he was using just that it worked lol


As a end note, Can i interest anyone in a still ms181 chainsaw used for one job? Sick of tripping over it? 130.00 mint condition.
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bargain that stick it on ebay people pay stupid money for stihl stuff on there :p
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Posted: 11 Nov. 2017,22:11 QUOTE

Well done mate, hope it all works out.

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Posted: 27 Nov. 2017,22:23 QUOTE

Quote (DNgroundworks @ 04 Nov. 2017,13:22)
I shall, not sure on how i will afford to live down there though!

I met a builder once using A2+B2=C2 to layout footings, and i said to him "bloody hell, pythagorean theorem on a building site"....."pythagorean what" - he had no idea what he was using just that it worked lol


As a end note, Can i interest anyone in a still ms181 chainsaw used for one job? Sick of tripping over it? 130.00 mint condition.

Dan, have you still got the chainsaw,  I've had mine stolen over the weekend so remembered you had one for sale.
Cheers dylan


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