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The series has been published on an ad hoc basis since November 2012.
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Sean Brady relates the failure of several box-girder bridges of the 1960s and 1970s and explains how these
led to new design rules and workmanship guidance.
Publish Date - 3 October 2016
Sean Brady provides an overview of the technical and human factors that contributed to the partial collapse of Dutch football team FC Twente’s stadium roof.
Publish Date - 26 October 2012
Sean Brady tells the stories of some of the survivors, rescuers and engineers involved in the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse.
Publish Date - 1 May 2015
In the concluding part of this article, Sean Brady explores in more detail the technical cause of the Quebec Bridge collapse and the human factors that lay behind this.
Publish Date - 27 November 2014
Sean Brady concludes the story of the Brooklyn Bridge, detailing how Emily Roebling
defied the odds to see the project through to completion.
Publish Date - 1 April 2015
In the first of a two-part article, Sean Brady takes readers through the chain of events that led to the collapse during construction, with 75 deaths, of the Quebec
Publish Date - 24 October 2014
With Nicaragua planning a new canal to link the Atlantic and Pacific, Sean Brady considers the lessons of
the Panama Canal when engineers face up to nature on such a grand scale.
Publish Date - 1 April 2016
In this intriguing tale of the Getty kouros, Sean Brady explores the role that
implicit assumptions play in undermining experts’ judgment.
Publish Date - 5 January 2015
Sean Brady recounts the tale of the Comet jet airliner crashes of the 1950s and explains how the trailblazing accident investigation revealed a failure of imagination that holds lessons for all engineers.
Publish Date - 1 September 2017
Based on an article originally published in The New Yorker, Sean Brady reflects on the Citicorp tower crisis.
Publish Date - 3 February 2014
Sean Brady examines how engineers learn from failure and discovers that frustration is key.
Publish Date - 1 October 2015
In the first part of a two-part article, Sean Brady explores the differences between a good designer and a good forensic engineer.
Publish Date - 28 November 2013
Here, Sean Brady sets out seven strategies for identifying and reacting to structural failure near-misses.
Publish Date - 1 September 2013
While we may think of blind faith in technology as a modern affliction, Sean Brady’s account of the Hartford Civic Center Stadium collapse shows that overreliance on structural analysis software is not a new problem.
Publish Date - 31 July 2015
Could the 30 year failure cycle evident in speciﬁc bridge failures be coincidence or something more? Sean Brady looks at the technical and human aspects of this unfortunate trend.
Publish Date - 1 May 2013
Based on a recently published case study in ASCE’s Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Sean Brady highlights the systemic management failings that resulted in huge financial cost and significant reputational damage to a high profile project.
Publish Date - 28 February 2014
Sean Brady assesses the strengths and weaknesses of applying engineering analysis to the forensic process.
Publish Date - 1 January 2014
In this two-part article with a difference, Sean Brady looks further afield to explore how ‘expertise bias’ may cloud our judgement.
Publish Date - 1 June 2015
Sean Brady stresses the importance of managing 'human factors' to reduce human error within bridge projects, citing international examples from which lessons can be learned.
Publish Date - 30 November 2012
Sean Brady investigates the contribution of 'corporate memory loss' to the failure of
a railway bridge near Dublin, Ireland.
Publish Date - 25 June 2013
Sean Brady concludes this two-part article with a warning to engineers not to become over-reliant on their ‘tools’, but to consider how and when to apply them.
Publish Date - 1 July 2015
Sean Brady highlights potential similarities between the recent Sasago road tunnel collapse in Japan and the catastrophic failure of part of Boston’s I-90 Connector Tunnel in 2006.
Publish Date - 26 March 2013
Sean Brady highlights the perils of sticking rigidly to a concrete construction schedule regardless of weather conditions.
Publish Date - 1 February 2015
A forensic examination of the 2007 I-35W bridge collapse in Minnesota, responsible for the deaths of 13 people.
Publish Date - 1 October 2013
Sean Brady examines the remarkable engineering works that may have underpinned the Hanging Garden of Babylon - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Publish Date - 1 July 2016
Sean Brady concludes his tale of the Panama Canal and looks ahead to the potential challenges of building the proposed Nicaragua Canal.
Publish Date - 1 May 2016
To mark International Women’s Day, Sean Brady presents the first of a two-part article exploring the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the crucial role Emily Warren Roebling played in making it a reality.
Publish Date - 27 February 2015
Sean Brady explores the wider societal ramifications of devastating structural failures.
Publish Date - 1 December 2015
Drawing on two high proﬁle examples, Sean Brady suggests that attitudes toward near-misses can sometimes result in complacency – with catastrophic consequences.
Publish Date - 1 August 2013
Sean Brady explores how the lessons of the 2014 Virgin Galactic crash are pertinent to all design engineers, irrespective of discipline.
Publish Date - 1 September 2015
Sean Brady examines one of the recurring themes from the ICE’s Fifth International Conference on Forensic Engineering.
Publish Date - 1 June 2013