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A case study on engineering failures; the cause, the outcome and the lessons learned.

FAILUROLOGY Nicole Imeson & Brian Moynihan

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

A case study on engineering failures; the cause, the outcome and the lessons learned.

    Ep 109 Mini Failure 24 Texas Padre Ocean Tower

    Ep 109 Mini Failure 24 Texas Padre Ocean Tower

    We’re releasing episodes from our mini failure library while we’re on production hiatus.

    This week’s Mini Failure is about the Ocean Tower. It was a 31 storey luxury condo tower that was demolished in 2009 after finding significant structural concerns.

    Original Air Date: August 21, 2022

    Episode Sources

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_Tower
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_voluntarily_demolished_buildings

    Ways to get in touch with us

    Email - thefailurologypodcast@gmail.com

    Website - www.failurology.ca

    • 17 min
    Ep 108 Mini Failure 23 Ronan Point

    Ep 108 Mini Failure 23 Ronan Point

    We’re releasing episodes from our mini failure library while we’re on production hiatus.

    This week’s Mini Failure is about Ronan Point. A bad fitting and a lit match led to the collapse of the SE corner of this tower block in east London, UK.

    Original Air Date: August 7, 2022

    Episode Sources

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronan_Point

    Ways to get in touch with us

    Email - thefailurologypodcast@gmail.com

    Website - www.failurology.ca

    • 20 min
    Ep 107 Mini Failure 22 Johnstown Flood

    Ep 107 Mini Failure 22 Johnstown Flood

    We’re releasing episodes from our mini failure library while we’re on production hiatus.

    This week’s Mini Failure is about the Johnstown Flood AKA that Great Flood of 1889. After heavy rainfall, the poorly maintained South Fork Dam failed, greatly impacting the unsuspecting residents downstream.

    Original Air Date: July 24, 2022

    Episode Sources

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnstown_Flood

    Ways to get in touch with us

    Email - thefailurologypodcast@gmail.com

    Website - www.failurology.ca

    • 24 min
    Ep 106 Mini Failure 21 Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire

    Ep 106 Mini Failure 21 Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire

    We’re releasing episodes from our mini failure library while we’re on production hiatus.

    This week’s Mini Failure is about the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire. A completely preventable fire that took the lives of hundreds and changed the shape of public assembly fire protection and life safety regulations.

    Original Air Date: July 10, 2022

    Episode Sources

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoanut_Grove_fire
    https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/By-topic/Occupancies/NFPA-Journal-2007_CocoanutGrove-small.pdf
    https://bostonfirehistory.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/51/2016/11/reportconcerningcocoanutgrovefire.pdf

    Ways to get in touch with us

    Email - thefailurologypodcast@gmail.com

    Website - www.failurology.ca

    • 20 min
    Ep 105 Mini Failure 20 Dreamworld’s Thunder River Rapids Ride

    Ep 105 Mini Failure 20 Dreamworld’s Thunder River Rapids Ride

    We’re releasing episodes from our mini failure library while we’re on production hiatus.
    This week’s Mini Failure is about Dreamworld’s Thunder River Rapids Ride in Australia. A failing pump caused a fatal accident on what was supposed to be a family friendly ride.
    Original Air Date: June 26, 2022
    Episode Sources
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunder_River_Rapids_Ride
    https://www.courts.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/641830/10545784-final-dreamworld-draft-6-for-upload.pdf
    Ways to get in touch with us
    Email - thefailurologypodcast@gmail.com
    Website - www.failurology.ca

    • 16 min
    Ep 104 Mini Failure 19 DOT-105 Rail Car Chlorine Release

    Ep 104 Mini Failure 19 DOT-105 Rail Car Chlorine Release

    We’re releasing episodes from our mini failure library while we’re on production hiatus.

    This week’s Mini Failure is about the DOT-105 Rail Car Chlorine Gas Leak. An old rail car and ineffective maintenance procedures led to the release of 81,000kg of chlorine gas along the Ohio River valley.

    Original Air Date: June 12, 2022

    Episode Sources

    https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/HZM1901.pdf

    Ways to get in touch with us

    Email - thefailurologypodcast@gmail.com

    Website - www.failurology.ca

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Aimott ,

Fascinating!

I have been listening to these episodes together with my 10yo son who aspires to be an engineer one day. Every episode sparks lots of questions, and we enjoy searching out the answers together. I am learning so much, and my son loves hearing these engineering challenges discussed in an accessible and informative way.

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