Data Collection and Information Dissemination: Current Efforts and Challenges

by Donald W. Vannoy, Univ of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA,
Glenn R. Bell, Univ of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Forensic Engineering: Learning from Failures


The need for the civil engineering community to collect and disseminate information on failures has been discussed widely. It appears that in recent years our profession's reluctance to deal actively with failures has passed, and tremendous interest in the concept of learning from failures has developed. In pursuing the goal of a comprehensive system of failure information collection and dissemination we have faced several questions and problems. Our assessment of our failure information needs is presented; present efforts at information collection and dissemination are reviewed; the challenges we face in developing a comprehensive system designed to allow us to learn from failures are discussed. The paper concludes with the authors' recommendations for ongoing efforts.

Subject Headings: Data collection | Forensic engineering | Failure analysis | Computer analysis | Computer software | Information systems | Engineering profession | Construction industry

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