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  •  The person you're replying to is an expert (6+ / 0-)

    It's not easy to become a registered civil engineer.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 12:34:28 PM PDT

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    •  Uh... (2+ / 0-)
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      Ray Pensador, Maudlin

      ...no one is saying that the civil engineer in question is somehow incompetent or unethical. However, they aren't directly involved with this project are they?

      Thus the over-reaction to the idea that civil agencies may have over-ridden concerns of their engineers (an idea so clichéd that's it's become a action movie trope) strikes me as seriously mis-placed. We've had too many structural failures in this countries infrastructure (both old AND new construction) to realistically deny that the risk is real.

    •  But it's not easy to become a metallurgist either (1+ / 0-)
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      Pat K California

      Hydrogen embrittlement is a particularly vicious mode of failure. Very difficult to detect on site.

      Most often, it manifests itself only when cracks finally develop and spread, aka when the piece fails.

      It's not like good old rust where you can identify corroded parts very easily and repair or replace.

      I deal in facts. My friends are few but fast.

      by Farugia on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 03:12:57 PM PDT

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