Information Availability

by Arthur T. Kornblut, Kornblut & Sokolove, Washington, DC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Reducing Failures of Engineered Facilities


There seems to be a great deal of concern about lack of availability of information concerning the results of failure investigations. In most court cases there is virtually no technical analysis of what went wrong. The cases do not tell us the kinds of things engineers and contractors need to know to avoid similar problems in the future. Some of the reasons for constraints on information dissemination are described in the article. Author is of the opinion that this is a serious problem when one is trying in good faith to analyze claims and take that analysis and put it in a usable form of documentation which will be useful to other design or construction professionals.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Forensic engineering | Information management | Information systems | Contractors and subcontractors | Claims | Construction industry | Engineering profession

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