oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - When things go wrong!

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Your secretary sensed the urgency. She was somewhat breathless when she broke into your meeting with an important client saying: 'Mr Jones, Jack needs to speak to you urgently.' What Jack told you made you forget about your client entirely. Part of a structure still under construction had collapsed, injuring a number of people. His bakkie, left idling in front of the entrance, brings you to the scene in minutes. There's chaos. Bent steel and warped sheets cover the whole area. People run around shouting. Three workers who were hurt sit or lie groaning against a wall where they were placed. It is immediately clear that, besides the structural damage, loss of production will definitely occur. Just at that moment the neighbour makes his unwelcome appearance, complaining that his building was damaged by a part of the structure that fell across the boundary.

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