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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.

PDH: 2
NY Approved

Susan Sprague, P.E., F. NSPE

Senior Associate

Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson

Susan K Sprague, PE, F. NSPE received her BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and is a Senior Associate at Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson. Ms. Sprague has over 34 Years of experience with all types of public works and infrastructure projects in PA, MD, and DC.  Susan is a licensed PE in 5 states (PA, MD, OH, DC, and VA), is a Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), and a Certified Bridge Safety Inspector (CBSI) in PA.  Susan has been on the NSPE Bard of Ethical Review since 2016, and Chair since 2018, and serves as NSPE Treasurer (2019-2021).  She is a past-president of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.

Eric Tappert, P.E.


Tappert Engineering

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.


Webinar - Pt. 1
Live event: 08/04/2021 at 12:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.
Webinar - Pt. 2
Live event: 08/04/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.
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