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- From: rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org (Richard Lewis)
- Date: 30 Jul 1997 14:46:20 GMT
I had the opportunity while in at Cal Poly to participate in a National Science Foundation project to catalogue construction industry law suits. We spent several long weekends in Monterey, CA reviewing the files of one of the largest insurers of Architects and Engineers in the world. Among the files I reviewed was the Hyatt walkway failure. The legal documents included details and other very valuable engineering information. Unfortunately, we Engineers and Architects are a vain group. The final disposition of this file, as I recall some 8 years later, was that it was sealed for some period of time that would exceed the parties involved. In other words, the companies paid-off the suit to prevent their "good name" from being tarnished. (Oh the things money can buy!) This brings up an very interesting point in that we as engineers are denied the opportunity to learn form our mistakes by the Lawyers. Among some of the cases I reviewed, were cases where a little old lady turned the faucet on the tub and the water was hot, not cold. She slipped, broke her hip and dutifully sued all parties involved in the project! Yes, even the structural engineer. The last document in the file was a letter from the attorney recommending that the insurance company settle on a five figure amount as any additional efforts to pursue the case would result in greater costs to the insurance company. Who says being right is important, that's a fantasy land we engineers have created for ourselves. The final insult is that the letter from the attorney looked like a form letter! So, I don't believe that you'll be successful in your attempts to get much more than word of mouth about the details of the incident. I am not permitted to discuss the names of companies involved, (the attorneys had me sign my life away), but I can discuss the technical issues. In this case, since it is a well known event and the parties involved are well known, I can't discuss the details. In general the issue is one of hanging weights from a single string vs. hanging weights from a connections at various levels. (Hint: Sum of the parts.) Try a less well known failure that the courts haven't gotten hold of. Good luck. Scott --- Internet Message Header Follows --- Received: from server1.seaoc.org (bqe.com [22.214.171.124]) by host1.texramp.net (8.8.5/8.8.5) with SMTP id GAA29693 for <rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org>; Mon, 3 Mar 1997 06:25:27 -0600 (CST) Received: from [126.96.36.199] by server1.seaoc.org (NTList 3.02.10) id ba005253; Mon, 3 Mar 1997 04:21:38 -0800 Received: by gateway1.srs.gov id AA05668 (InterLock SMTP Gateway 3.0 for seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org); Mon, 3 Mar 1997 07:17:25 -0500 Message-Id: <199703031217.AA05668(--nospam--at)gateway1.srs.gov> Received: by gateway1.srs.gov (Internal Mail Agent-2); Mon, 3 Mar 1997 07:17:25 -0500 Received: by gateway1.srs.gov (Internal Mail Agent-1); Mon, 3 Mar 1997 07:17:25 -0500 Date: Mon, 03 Mar 1997 07:12 -0400 (EDT) From: scott.horn(--nospam--at)srs.gov Subject: Hyatt walkway To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7BIT Reply-To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Error-To: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Loop: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Info: [SEAOC] Owner: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-POP3-Rcpt: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org X-Sender: seaoc-ad(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Precedence: list X-ListMember: rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org [seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org] __________________________________________________ Richard Lewis, P.E. Missionary TECH Team rlewis(--nospam--at)techteam.org The service mission like-minded Christian organizations may turn to for technical assistance and know-how.
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