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I have read an article in a magazine about this. The designer was right in
disclosing the error which resulted in retrofitting the building before a
big storm came. That building was not damaged by the storm.

An Architect once asked me to use one way reinforcing on a suspended slab
which qualifies as a two way slab, I was a new engineer then so I complied.
When the building was constructed, the contractor, who is also  educated as
a structural engineer informed me of my mistake so additional reinforcing
was added in the perpendicular direction which prevented cracking on
corners.

I think if the truth will save lives then people concerned should know about
it.



Alex C. Nacionales
Vancouver, Canada



-----Original Message-----
From: Jorge Jimenez [mailto:joraljim(--nospam--at)prtc.net] 
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:08 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Facing mistakes in structural design


I remember a story of a group of graduate students that found a design flaw
in a high-rise building for wind effects considerations. They called the
attention to the structural engineer who made the design. The designer, a
renowned structural engineer, courageously disclosed to the public his
mistake. The building was in use and then needed an important retrofitting.
Do you remember the name of this structural engineer or have knowledge of
similar and recognized circumstances?

Jorge Jimenez, PE




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