This course is a description of the Florida International University pedestrian bridge collapse on March 15, 2018. The bridge collapsed while under construction over a busy motorway resulting in the deaths of six people and serious injuries to another six. Analysis by the National Transportation Safety Board found errors in the design of the bridge, the review of the design, and the response to signs that the bridge was failing. The case serves as a reminder for designers that reviews can be imperfect and a reminder for reviewers that designs can be imperfect. It also highlights the possible dangers of professional distance between the design and construction processes. The course is designed to give course takers evidence from which they can determine how widely distributed accountability for the collapse should be.
Park Doing, Ph.D.