Reviewing the past to learn in the future: Making sense of design errors and failures in construction

Love, P.E.D. and Lopez, R. and Edwards, D.J. (2013) Reviewing the past to learn in the future: Making sense of design errors and failures in construction. Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 9 (7). pp. 675-688. ISSN 15732479 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Design errors can severely jeopardise safety and contribute to failures in construction and engineering projects. Such failures can have devastating economic, environmental and social consequences. Significant efforts have been made to reduce the incidence of failures through learning from previous disasters and events by modifying building and engineering codes and standards accordingly. Design errors, however, remain an innate feature of construction and engineering projects despite the considerable amount of knowledge that has been accumulated to date. Most errors are identified during construction and require rework, but there is always a potential for some to remain undetected and contribute to failure, and as a result potentially contribute to accidents and loss of life. An examination of the literature research suggests that a series of pathogenic influences contribute to errors and failure. Thus, this paper article examines the circumstances and issues that contributed to a series of construction and engineering failures to enable development of a learning framework that can be used to mitigate design errors and potential failures and accidents. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: construction, engineering, error, failure, learning, Engineering codes, Engineering failures, Engineering project, learning, Learning frameworks, Literature researches, Potential failures, Social consequences, Accidents, Computer system recovery, Construction, Design, Engineering, Errors, Standards, Engineering education
Subjects: H200 Civil Engineering
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Integrated Design Construction
UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 12:40
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 12:40
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2646

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