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The Structural Engineer

The collapse caused fatalities and injuries, and was the subject of a criminal prosecution. The collapse was caused by similar conceptual misunderstandings on the part of the designers and the independent checkers. The primary causes are explained and non-causative actions, omissions and events, which were put to the jury, are discussed. The principal issue before the jury was whether and under what circumstances a port operator is responsible for the mistakes of his engineering advisers and suppliers. Also, there was prolonged legal argument on the meaning of ‘reasonably practicable’ and ‘on whether ,design was part of the owner’s ‘undertaking’. J.C. Chapman

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The Structural Engineer

Multistorey carparks (MSCPs) are to be found in most towns and cities; there are over 4000 in the UK alone. They have tended to have a low profile, until 27 March 1997 when there was a partial collapse of the roof at Piper’s Row MSCP in Wolverhampton. M.P. Webster

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The Structural Engineer

It is difficult, when asked to write something about our work, to see how our modest residential projects could be of much interest to the structural engineer. One thinks of architects who work with tensile structures and retractable roofs for stadiums as having something of greater relevance to impart. However, I am informed that our work causes structural engineers considerable headaches. M. Guard

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