Report 2: Failure of a historical Civil Engineering project
Topic: Tacoma Narrows bridge
The essay should show:
▫ technical writing and literature search skills.
▫ an appreciation of the contemporary engineered environment.
▫ an appreciation of how to learn from engineering failures.
▫ an appreciation of the development of Civil Engineering design.
▫ an appreciation of the sustainability agenda in Civil Engineering design.
You are required to submit a 1500 word report that includes:
An overview of the chosen project and its context.
A description of the failure event.
A description of the investigations into the failure.
A description of the main causes of the failure and the lessons learnt.
Should cover further points and make comparisons with other similar projects.
demonstrate how lessons have been learnt and critically assess if the original Engineers should have known better.
Find out as much as you can about the failure.
Research the background to the project – why was it built and when?
Find out what contributed to the failure – lack of engineering knowledge, poor management decisions, extreme loading, change in use, etc.
What a public enquiry held? What was found?
Did the failure lead to major research studies?
How has understanding that failure changed engineering practice?
This is a technical exercise so you can include technical details, figures, charts.
Draft Report Make sure you are clear about plagiarism, referencing, and word-count. Should use a variety of references (journals, books, newspaper and websites)
The essay will be marked by an English teacher (not an engineer), therefore, the essay should be clear and understandable enough.
Some referencing that can help:
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