Publications

​ Near-misses and Failure (Part 2)
The Structural Engineer, September 2013
Seven strategies for identifying and reacting to near misses.
Project Management Failure
The Structural Engineer, March 2014
The shocking management failings of the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Nicaragua, Panama and the Dream of a Canal (Part 1)
The Structural Engineer, April 2016
Past lessons show the high price of facing up to nature.
​ Nicaragua, Panama and the Dream of a Canal (Part 2)
The Structural Engineer, May 2016
What are the challenges of building the proposed Nicaragua canal?
The 30 Year Failure Cycle
The Structural Engineer, May 2013
Is the 30 year failure cycle a coincidence?
The I-35 Highway Bridge Collapse
The Structural Engineer, October 2013
The story of missed opportunities to prevent a collapse.
The Quebec Bridge Collapse (Part 1)
The Structural Engineer, November 2014
The role of human factors in a bridge collapse.
The Quebec Bridge Collapse (Part 2)
The Structural Engineer, December 2014
Can a man’s ego really bring a bridge down?
Wedded to our Tools: Why Expertise Can Hold Us Back (Part 1)
The Structural Engineer, June 2015
What firefighters can teach us about the limits of expertise.
Wedded to our Tools: Why Expertise Can Hold Us Back (Part 2)
The Structural Engineer, July 2015
The dangers of becoming over reliant on our expertise.
When Structural Failure Reflects on Social Failures
The Structural Engineer, December 2015
The wider societal ramifications of devastating structural failures.
Willow Island Cooling Tower Collapse
The Structural Engineer, February 2015
The perils of sticking to a schedule regardless of weather conditions.
Interstate 90 Connector Tunnel Ceiling Collapse
The Structural Engineer, July 2012
What caused the collapse of the I90 connector tunnel ceiling?
West Gate Bridge Collapse
The Structural Engineer, October 2016
The bridge collapses that led to change.
De Grolsch Veste Stadium Failure
The Structural Engineer, November 2012
The factors that contributed to the stadium collapse.