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A show about engineering failures and disasters. We examine the technical, human and organisational causes of failure, and explore why our decision-making is not nearly as rational as we’d like to think.

Brady Heywood Podcast Sean Brady

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

A show about engineering failures and disasters. We examine the technical, human and organisational causes of failure, and explore why our decision-making is not nearly as rational as we’d like to think.

    The Pike River Mine Disaster - Part 2

    The Pike River Mine Disaster - Part 2

    In part one of this three-part series on the Pike River mine disaster, you heard what took place in the minutes, hours and days following the methane explosion at the mine.

    In this episode, we’ll step back and look at the history of the mine. You’ll hear how the factors that led to the explosion didn't suddenly present themselves on 19 November 2010. Instead, they had been building up over the months and years earlier.

     

    Resources and links:
    Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy

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    • 26 min
    The Pike River Mine Disaster - Part 1

    The Pike River Mine Disaster - Part 1

    CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains vivid descriptions of the moments that the disaster occurred. Listener discretion is advised.

    On the 19th of November 2010, New Zealand experienced one of its worst mining disasters when there was an explosion deep within the Pike River coal mine.

    Today’s episode is the first of a two-part series about the disaster. In this part, you’ll hear about the immediate events that initiated the tragedy from the perspective of the people on the ground and in the mine.

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    • 26 min
    The 1976 Montreal Olympics Financial Debacle

    The 1976 Montreal Olympics Financial Debacle

    It's 1970, and the mayor of Montreal, Jean Drapeau, declares that the 1976 Montreal Games will be self-financing. 

    In his view, these games can no more have a deficit "...than a man can have a baby". In fact, he thinks the real problem will be in determining how to spend the surplus. But over the coming years, all this optimism will evaporate, and the games will become a financial disaster. 

    This project had everything: poor planning, fraudulent practice and corruption. And it shows what happens when architectural and financial free-reign combine with political ambition and immovable deadlines.

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    The I-90 Tunnel Collapse

    The I-90 Tunnel Collapse

    In this episode, we head to Boston.

    The 'Big Dig' was a road and tunnel construction project designed to solve Boston's congestion problems. With the final project cost exceeding $14 billion USD, this megaproject took 20 years to complete. It involved constructing 25 km of highway lanes, 8 km of tunnel, 16 interchanges and 200 bridges.

    But on the 10th of July 2006, at 11:01 pm, a section of the I-90 tunnel collapsed unexpectedly, with tragic results.

    So what happened? Why did it take six years to collapse? And how could one of the most costly and complex public infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the US have failed so catastrophically?

    This episode follows the National Transportation Safety Board as they answer these questions, and shares insights into how such an investigation is conducted.

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    Introducing 'Saving Apollo 13'

    Introducing 'Saving Apollo 13'

    In this short podcast we discuss the re-release of our Apollo 13 Series as Saving Apollo 13. We also talk about the subject of the next more 'traditional' Brady Heywood Podcast Episode.

    Saving Apollo 13 is available on iTunes via the link below or by searching 'Saving Apollo 13' wherever you find good podcasts:

    Apple Podcasts: Saving Apollo 13 👨‍🚀

    Follow the show on social media:

    Twitter: @SavingApollo_13

    Instagram:  savingapollo13

    Facebook: @savingapollo13

    Contact Wavelength Creative: https://wavelengthcreative.com/

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    • 5 min
    Apollo 13 - Addendum

    Apollo 13 - Addendum

    Want to take a deep dive behind the scenes of our Apollo 13 podcast series? Want to know the cause of the failure?

    Then this podcast is for you. We’ll talk about each episode, cover the technical material we left out, discuss the cause, and even chat about Ron Howard’s excellent movie, Apollo 13.

    We’ll even throw in a clue about our next long-form series…

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    Omega Tau podcast:  https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/omega-tau-science-engineering-english-only/id350159142

    Apollo13Minute: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/apollo-13-minute-podcast/id1403021295

    Go Flight: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/go-flight-with-rick-houston/id1407006257

    13 Minutes to the moon: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/13-minutes-to-the-moon/id1459657136

    Jared Owen animations: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbsfyGlrjrKQC0gbzK0-EiA

    Gimbel lock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmCzZ-D8Wdk

    Slide Rules: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYhOoYf_XT0&t=318s

    Apollo 13's re-entry audio was recorded at Honeysuckle Creek in Australia and can be found at  https://www.honeysucklecreek.net/msfn_missions/Apollo_13_mission/a13_re-entry_index.html 



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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Micksweet ,

My absolute favorite podcast

Fascinating material. Captivating storytelling. Cannot recommend this podcast highly enough. The Apollo 13 series is especially amazing.

Alissa Mogh ,

I’d listen to a new episode every day...

... but I’m glad there aren’t enough catastrophic failures to produce that many episodes.

This is one of my absolute favorite podcasts. They do an excellent job breaking down complicated engineering concepts into digestible audio narratives with the right balance of detail and clarity.

Quibblicious ,

A genuine treasure...

The individual episodes are excellent and range from geeky to sweeping.

The Apollo XIII series is amazing and worthy of any accolades and awards.

I know the story, I’ve read the books, and the way that the story is told here gave me new insights, pulled me along with perfect tension and engagement, and left me with tears of joy in my eyes.

This is on par with Dan Carlin’s Hardcore history. Subscribe. Listen. Enjoy.

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