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Coming to terms with failure

MAJOR ENGINEERING failures are rare events, but not rare enough. Analysis of how failures occur and investigation techniques which may help to avoid them will be high-lighted at an ICE conference

this month on Forensic engineering.

Classic disasters such as the Ramsgate walkway collapse, Piper Alpha fire and collapse

of a New South Wales machinery structure will be examined in detail both from a technical point of view and considering legal and insurance implications.

Failures which may not be catastrophic, but have major legal and financial consequences such as micro-biological attack on concrete, will also be explored.

A cast of international speakers is lined up including John Carlton, head of technical investigation, Lloyd's Register; Bill Marshall, senior partner of William J Marshall & Partners; Vivian Ramsey QC; Naysan Emami of Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, of California; Rob Shepherd, president of Earthquake Damage Analysis Corporation, also from the US; and Dr Peter Ho and Robert Lewis of Incode, Australia.

Venue for the conference on 28 and 29 September is the CBI conference centre at Centre Point, London.

Full details are available from Carole Chin at ICE conference office, tel (0171) 665 2316.

RIGHT: Disasters such as the Ramsgate walkway collapse will be examined in detail.

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