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.
Today's episode is the first of a three-part series about the 2018 collapse of the Florida International University pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida.
In this part, you'll hear how the signals which could have prevented the collapse of the bridge were ignored, leading to the deaths of six people.
You'll also hear how the checks and balances put in place to identify these bad decisions failed...
Today's episode is a little different. It explores 'The Brady Review', a report Brady Heywood undertook on the mining and quarrying industry in Queensland, Australia.
From January 2000 until the end of July 2019, 47 people lost their lives in the mining and quarrying industry in Queensland, Australia. That's an average of 2.4 fatalities per year, or 12 fatalities in any five year period...
CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains vivid descriptions of how the miners, who lost their lives in the disaster, died. Listener discretion is advised.
In this final episode of our three-part series on the Pike River Mine disaster, we bring the story to a close.
We examine what took place on the day of the disaster, 19 November, 2010.
Resources and links:
Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy
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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...
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 three-part series about the disaster...
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...
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...
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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Apollo 13 is about to undertake one of the most improvised and dangerous re-entries ever attempted by NASA.
Will John Aaron and the Tiger Team figure out how to power back up the Command Module in time? Has the heat shield been damaged? Are their parachute's frozen?
This is the final episode of Apollo 13. But be sure to subscribe to the podcast because we will be releasing an Addendum episode at some point in 2019. In this episode we'll take a behind the scenes look at Apollo 13...