Engineering Disasters

Engineering Disasters
Write?an?informative?research?paper?on?an?Engineering?Disaster?of?your?choice?
Suggested?subjects?or?points?to?include:?
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• Background:?description?of?the?disaster?
• Investigation:?describe?how?the?accident?was?investigated?
• Findings?and?Recommendations:?Describe?what?the?investigation?found?
o Who?was?at?fault,?what?caused?the?accident,?what?future?precautions? were?recommended??
‘ Impact?on?Engineering?practices:?
o Were?any?new?practices?or?laws?or?regulations?instituted??
o How?did?the?accident?change?engineering?in?general?or?the?particular?
field?(e.g.?Challenger?disaster?led?to?significant?policy?changes?at?NASA? and?ultimately?to?Whistleblower?legislation.)?
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The?majority?of?the?paper?should?focus?on?describing?the?engineering?flaw?or? problem?and?on?the?last?three?sections?listed?above.?Do?not?spend?more?than?1-2? pages?describing?the?accident.??The?majority?of?your?paper?should?NOT?be?a?
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description?of?the?events?of?the?accident?itself,?but?rather?should?be?an?analysis?of? the?engineering?problem?and?its?consequences.?

focus on the engineering aspects of the disaster–Howisitan engineeringdisaster?and?how?is?it?relevant?to?the?study?and?practice?of?engineering??? For?example,?in?the?case?of?the?Love?Canal,?inadequate?and?inappropriate? engineering?measures?were?taken?to?properly?dispose?of?dangerous?chemical?waste.? The?disaster?occurred?when?the?contaminated?land?was?knowingly?sold?to?a?school? board?for?residential?development?and?the?contaminants?severely?compromised? residents’?health.?Most?information?about?this?disaster?focuses?on?the?ethical?issues? surrounding?the?sale?of?the?land?rather?than?the?engineering?aspects.??In?the?past,? students?writing?on?this?subject?have?done?poorly?because?they?got?caught?up?in?the? ethical?aspects?of?the?disaster?and?failed?to?demonstrate?the?relationship?to? engineering.??
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