The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 65 (1987) > Issues > Issue 1 > Innovation V. Quality Assurance
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Innovation V. Quality Assurance

Most structural engineers enjoy a challenge, particularly when they can produce a unique or innovatory solution to that challenge. Successful innovation is beneficial for the engineers involved and for other engineers who can observe and learn from that application. In that way, the frontiers of knowledge are advanced and the successful innovations become proven practice within the parameters of the experience gained. For the engineer introducing the innovation, there are several aspects: -is the engineer aware that a change is being made from previous practice? -have the implications of the change or innovation been considered? -is there sufficient data to substantiate the change or innovation? -is a development programme needed to support the proposals? -is there a course of action which can be adopted in the event that the change or innovation does not give the specified service to the client? -is the engineer likely to be held responsible for additional costs because of unsatisfactory performance resulting from the change or innovation? D.W. Quinion