Engineering Failure Episodes
Ep 55 Breast Implant Recalls
Our first medical engineering failure. In an effort to cut costs, PIP cut corners on the silicone in their breast implants that led to severe problems for recipients starting in 2003.
Ep 54 Big Bayou Canot Rail Accident
Big Bayou Canot became the second worst US rail disaster after a towboat hit a bridge resulting in extensive damage. The ensuing investigation offered a number of important lessons learned and recommendations.
Ep 53 Gimli Glider
This week we're taking a much needed break and featuring one of our mini failure episodes from last fall; the Gimli Glider. Unit are hard, but important. An incorrect conversion led to the plane taking off with only 45% of its required fuel.
Ep 52 Luna Park Ghost Train Fire
43 years ago, the Luna Park Ghost Train suffered a catastrophic fire. Even though it was inspected two years earlier, in 1977, the recommended upgrades weren’t complete and the fire investigation found many other safety flaws.
Ep 50 SPECIAL James Webb Space Telescope
The telescope took decades to build, but it was worth it because it has a lot of really interesting features.
Ep 33 Arecibo Telescope
The Arecibo Telescope Collapse, designed in the 1960s, accomplished a lot for science until its collapse in 2020. NASA investigated the failure and issued a report of findings earlier this year. But the silver lining, some cool things are being worked on for the future of the site.
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Ep 32 The Big O
The Big O, also known as Montreal Olympic Stadium, was supposed to be the highlight of the first self-financed Olympic games. But poor planning, fraud, corruption and a freewheeling architect put a blemish on the games and Montreal's skyline for decades. Over 45 years later, Montreal is still paying for it, literally.
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Ep 31 Transatlantic Telegraph Cable Failure
The effort to construct the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic started in the late 1850s. It didn't quite go as planned, but they eventually installed a functional cable.
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Ep 30 SPECIAL Panama Canal
Every tenth episode we're covering an engineering marvel! The Panama Canal is one of the American Society of Civil Engineer's seven wonders of the modern world. And it was one of the largest engineering feats ever taken.
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Ep 27 de Havilland Comet
Ep 26 Folsom Dam Gate Failure
Ep 24 Eindhoven Airport Car Park Collapse
Ep 23 Burnaby Supermarket Roof Collapse
Ep 21 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Ep 20 SPECIAL Channel Tunnel
Ep 10 SPECIAL International Space Station
Ep 02 New Orleans Levee Failures During Hurricane Katrina
Ep 01 Citicorp Building
In 1978, one year after the building opened, the structural engineer realized he has made a grave error in the wind calculations and the building was at risk of collapse during a 1 in 16 year storm.
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