Mar 25 2008
By: gime_shltr  shortURL

Not that anything here is surprising, I mean, do we ever get thorough investigations. However, I thought this pretty much summed up the quality of the American Society of Civil Engineers assigned by the government to investigate the World Trade Centers and the levees in New Orleans:

The group of 140,000 member, based in Reston, Virginia, sets engineering standards and codes and publishes technical books and a glossy magazine.

Wasn't sold on 140,000 members, but the glossy magazine?



It's not like there isn't

It's not like there isn't precedence for engineers to review. The levee's in New Orleans were blown in 1927 for flood reasons (link...) The towers construction manager had some thoughts on the resistance of the towers (link...) and we have had skyscrapers engulfed in fire since 9/11 (link...)

In the World Trade Center case, critics contend the engineering society wrongly concluded skyscrapers cannot withstand getting hit by airplanes. In the hurricane investigation, it was accused of suggesting that the power of the storm was as big a problem as the poorly designed levees.

I just hope these engineers/critics don't cause further investigations. A presidential campaign is no time to be discussing such things.

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