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Topic Title: Any chance of some engineering in E&T?
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Created On: 29 September 2010 09:18 PM
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 29 September 2010 09:18 PM
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simongallagher

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I have become disillusioned with E&T magazine.

Before they integrated all the sectors into one magazine, I enjoyed the Power edition, I think it was once a moth but can't remember.
Now though, there is never anything power related in the magazine. Lately, there has been a lot in the power section on about oil and gas, which may be topical but hardly power engineering.

What about smart grids? What about the infrastructure to support EVs? What about the impact massive amounts of renewable will have on the transmission and distribution networks? Never mind, some bloke 50 years ago thought it would be a good idea to beam light onto a PV from space with a giant mirror, that will do instead.

I'm a power engineer by the way.

Simon.
 30 September 2010 10:31 AM
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aweaver

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Dear Simon

I'm sorry that you don't feel that there is sufficient coverage of power engineering in E&T - this is an important area for us. I'll pass your comments onto the editorial team.

Our power coverage from E&T is collated on the IET website http://kn.theiet.org/power/index.cfm

You might also be interested in our smart metering special report http://kn.theiet.org/magazine/...mart-meters/index.cfm

Best regards
Amanda

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 30 September 2010 05:02 PM
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simongallagher

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Hello Amanda,

Thanks for the response - I think I met you at the IET Volunteer Summit where I said the exact same thing - unfortunately things seem to have got worse!

Looking at the list of article on the link you gave me, I would like to know if anyone sees the following from the list as 'Power Engineering' related:

Mobile Plants drive Bio fuel production
Macondo - subsea setbacks and achievements
Who owns water?
The final frontier for oil and gas exploration
Drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic Sea
Up in smoke - solutions to burning biofuels
BP oil spill disaster: Clean-up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico

These articles are all about bio fuels and Oil and Gas exploration. These may be interesting to the wider engineering community, but are not (in my view) power engineering, and do not go any way to help keep a power engineer better informed in terms of his/her job.

Regards,

Simon
 13 October 2010 02:30 PM
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Lee_j1981

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Hi Simon, I agree with you completely. I have given up on reading E&T as the power content is so poor. Prior to the recent topics you mentioned all the Power topics just related to 'renewable energy'. Which seemed to be more like propaganda than relevance. I'd like to see more interesting technical articles\case studies etc about Power!!!!
 14 October 2010 11:56 AM
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faramog

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Your not alone. I think E*T is a great colourful mag with lots of tasty canapés but no meat ! I give all my copies when I have thumbed through to a local school for the science department - articles are short enough, simple enough and colourful enough to just about keep the attention of the (hopefully) future engineers.

I would prefer a monthly publication with a lot more in-depth engineering and science !

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 18 October 2010 10:15 AM
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Ipayyoursalary

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Originally posted by: faramog
I give all my copies when I have thumbed through to a local school for the science department - articles are short enough, simple enough and colourful enough to just about keep the attention of the (hopefully) future engineers.

I wouldn't give them to the local school - the children will end up believing all engineering is about reducing evil CO2 emissions - and that all humans are dirty scum despoiling the Earth.

Take the first news item in this month's magazine: An IEA report stating that 20% of the global population don't have electricity, and 40% are forced to rely on primitive dung-burning stoves causing respiratory illnesses. The article notes that liberating these women and children from their brutish short lives and early deaths by providing them with access to cheap coal-fired electricity would increase CO2 emissions (oh dear!) - so instead they must be forced to use expensive, intermittent, useless wind and solar non-energy schemes. (ie. they'll just have to keep on dying basically)

The message is clear - people's lives don't matter. All that matters is reducing CO2 emissions. So don't give your E&T's to the local school - send them to the children in Africa so they can burn them on their dung stoves.
 19 October 2010 01:02 PM
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I think you are confusing the magazine, which covers a broad scope of engineering and cannot give a lot of depth, with the journals. Theiet.org claims over 20 specialist journals which give you as much technical depth as you could want, all you need is money to pay for them.

E&T is a huge improvement over the earlier magazine several years ago, which had no greater depth but was slow-moving and lacked excitement, for schoolchildren or adults. Since the IET now covers such a huge range of subject matter, from power to computing and manufacturing, almost any article must assume an "intelligent layman" level of reader and I think it succeeds quite well.

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