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Don’t Blame the Engineer for These Disasters

<p><strong>These disasters were not because of the engineer</strong></p><p>Here’s a quick look at a number of engineering disasters that were caused by factors other than poor engineering. In many of these cases, the elements – weather, unexpected pressures – caused the failure. In other cases, it was poor workmanship, inferior materials, construction shortcuts, or human mismanagement.</p>
When an “engineering” disaster takes place, it’s not always the engineer’s fault. In the following examples, other issues – such as shoddy materials – are the culprit.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.


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