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Something I love about the UAE: The Metric System

September 2nd, 2010 Posted in Abu Dhabi, Geekiness, General

I used to think the metric system would be something I’d never get. What is so special about this “universal” measurement system that the rest of the world uses it? The lack of fractions is appealing, but beyond that the appeal was lost on me. I mean really, if the meter corresponds to a yard… and the centimeter corresponds to the inch… what corresponds to the foot? I was sure that the metric system would fall short without a corresponding intermediate unit like the foot.

I’m a convert. I LOVE the metric system.

Being an engineer with a lot of time on site where contractors are constantly measuring, cutting, digging, filling, etc. I’ve had to figure it out pretty quick.

But why the sudden “metric-love?” It’s simple. It allows for as much (or as little) precision as you need with minimal effort. It’s scalable. It’s adaptable. It’s flexible. It’s… universal.

When the rubber meets the road and you are out in the middle of an airfield trying to explain a dimension to a poor laborer from Bangladesh, who’s had no formal education in their life, metric is teachable. Even when they are speaking Bengali and you are speaking English. I couldn’t imagine trying to teach someone to work with Imperial units out in the field, especially across a language barrier.

Final thoughts for any “rebellious” American’s out there who are thinking “To heck with the global standard, we are America and we do it our own way!” What’s more individualistic and symbolic of our Yankee nature? Sticking with the Imperial system, so named for it’s universal nature during the height of the British Empire, or bucking the old ways (just like we bucked the POHM’s) and pursuing the most efficient and scalable measurement system the world has ever known?

  1. 2 Responses to “Something I love about the UAE: The Metric System”

  2. By Jeff Moser on Sep 2, 2010

    Preaching to the choir for me :) Our thermostat here in the States has been metric for years. When a service guy comes to tune our heat pump, he always asks if I was in the military or born abroad. I guess not many people here set their A/C to 27C like I do.

    Let’s start a metrication revolution when you’re back to visit, ok?

  3. By Joel on Sep 8, 2010

    I’m all for the metrification revolution brother! However, we can’t bring metric to gun calibers. A friend made a good point that this just won’t work. Can you imagine shooting an 11.43mm? It just doesn’t sound as cool as shooting a forty-five does it? =)

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