2018 NZ Bridges Summit & Awards Dinner

Innovation, information and insight to strengthen our structures and build better bridges

6 - 7 Nov 2018Grand Millennium, Auckland
Event Details
separately bookable workshop
Avoiding design errors: Lessons from forensics and their application to engineering design
5 NOVEMBER 2018 | 9.00AM - 5.00PM

The objective of this one-day workshop is toprovide structural engineers with insight into how to avoid the design errors that ultimately lead to unsatisfactory performance or failure in engineering structures.


Featuring practical insight into:
• How structures fail in reality:
- Seven categories of structural failure and common failures that occur throughout a structure’s lifetime
- Failure models specific to structures such as buildings and bridges
- Typical failure mechanisms of individual structural elements such as beams and slabs

• The structural design process:
- Design as a process of synthesis, limit state approach and the role of simplified analysis methods
- How errors can occur despite sophisticated design codes and software tools


• Non-technical factors of failure:
- The role of human factors in structural errors
- The dangers of: Expertise Bias, Implicit Assumption and Design Fixation
- How Confirmation Bias and Normalisation of Deviance can obscure early warning signs of impending failure

• Failure prevention:
- How Latent Errors can contribute to failure
- The importance of Near Miss Theory as a warning system
- The benefit of using Forensic Process to identify error
- Practical techniques to apply in the design office to assist in error detection and failure prevention

Dr Sean Brady

Managing Director

Brady Heywood

Dr Sean Brady is a forensic structural engineer specialising in identifying the cause of engineering failures and unsatisfactory performance in steel and concrete structures. He is the managing director of Brady Heywood Pty Ltd and has investigated the cause of engineering failures on a wide range of structures both in Australia and internationally. He has over 15 years of experience as a structural engineer, and he has published and presented internationally on the subject of engineering forensics. He is an Editorial Board Member of the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities and the ICE Forensic Engineering Journal.

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