domingo, 7 de agosto de 2011

THE KANSAS CITY HYATT REGENCY SKYWALK COLLAPSE


On the evening of July 17, 1981, what was the deadliest structural collapse in U.S. history struck Kansas City's year-old Hyatt Regency Hotel when two suspended walkways collapsed, killing 114 people and injuring 216 more. 

The failure was traced to a change in the original design for the walkways. The structural engineer of record denied responsibility, attributing the failure to a breakdown in communication, but investigators were not persuaded, and the engineering practice lost its license. 

Thirty years later, ASCE reflects on the disaster's lasting effects on the civil engineering profession. 


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