Structural Failures

The Lean Keen Structural Machine

FEA Analysis

As a young engineer, that’s what they called me. The lean, keen, structural machine! A skinny, nerdy young bloke, still wet behind the ears, that never understood the need for excessive design, or over-design, and saw it as incompetence. My designs attracted many questions from the drawing office and feelings…

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The Cyclone Season Is upon Us Again!

November 1 marks the official start of the Australian tropical cyclone season, and although Mother Nature is wreaking havoc in Vietnam and The Philippines, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) currently advise there are no indications of tropical cyclone activity developing in the Australian region in the next few weeks. So…

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Lessons from The West Gate Bridge Collapse

West Gate Bridge

Last Tuesday marked the latest construction death in WA – when a glass canopy collapsed at a construction site at Curtin University, killing a young apprentice and injuring several others. Last week also marked the 50th anniversary of the West Gate Bridge collapse in Melbourne that took the lives of…

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