This is an article by John M. Lowe, Jr., P.E., speaker for our upcoming CEC session Failure Analysis and the Professional Claims Process, which you can find here.
Every design project manager, construction contractor, and client optimistically want their projects to be designed and constructed flawlessly. Sometimes, that is the happy outcome. However, it seems that almost as frequently as not, something goes wrong — a failure occurs, and a meticulous search begins to answer the “why” question. We call this process “Failure Analysis.” The overarching question is, “Did the failure occur as the result of a design or construction error or some combination thereof?”