Florida International University Pedestrian Bridge Failure, A Study in Ethics (2 Parts)
On March 15, 2018, a pedestrian bridge across a six-lane highway being built for the Florida International University failed and fell across the highway, killing five occupants of crushed cars and a worker. An additional ten people were injured, six seriously. As is common in these types of failures, there were several missteps contributing to the failure. This seminar examines the path to failure, as disclosed in an independent investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, and the relationship between the missteps, and the professional ethics of each party and the professionals involved. In addition to the ethical issues, the wise use of computer-aided design tools is also discussed.
Susan Sprague, P.E., F. NSPE
Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson
Susan Sprague, P.E., F. NSPE has over 35 Years of experience with all types of infrastructure projects in PA, MD, and DC. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and is a Senior Associate at Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson where she has been employed since 2006. Susan is a licensed PE in 4 states (PA, MD, DC, and VA), a Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), and Certified Bridge Safety Inspector (CBSI) in PA. Since 2016, Susan has been a member of the NSPE Board of Ethical Review, serving as Chair from 2018 to 2021.
Eric Tappert, P.E.
Eric W. Tappert, PE received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Science degree in telecommunications from the University of Colorado. His professional experience includes design work on cellular phone systems, large mainframe computers, large scale integrated circuit applications, and industrial control applications. He has also taught engineering technology and engineering courses at local campuses. He is a life senior member of the IEEE, a life member of NSPE, and a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.
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