A recent ENR headline caught my attention: “Structural Engineers Learn Lessons From Failures Through Digital Databases.” The article by Nadine Post discussed a new digital database—similar to YouTube, SharePoint and Wikipedia—being developed by structural engineers to “harness knowledge” to avoid future loses.  

As noted in Post’s article, “[w]ith global engineering research, knowledge and failure

Last month, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) suspended all current bridge construction projects by Britton Bridge, LLC and related companies until they performed an independent review of their safety procedures.  This action came as a result of a second on-the-job fatality of a worker at the Henley Bridge project in Knoxville, TN, since January 2011.