5 Civil Engineering Failures That Led To Design Breakthroughs and New Technologies
Ohio University’s Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering.

Progress is rarely ever a straight, ascending line. More often than not, accidents will happen in the pursuit of higher technology and practices. Failure is something that engineers and scientists must both be ready for and expect, because failure is what inspires so many people to become better. That said, civil engineering is a field that does not have a lot of room for error. However, despite the best efforts of all professionals involved in the field, these errors may happen and cost governments millions of dollars in collateral damages. While such failures may be demotivating at first, they would eventually go on to inspire others to improve upon the errors that had occurred in the first place.

The following infographic, created by Ohio University’s Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering program, highlights five civil engineering failures that led to remarkable breakthroughs in the industry, ensuring that the accidents and damages were not in vain.

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Top image (bottom): St. Francis Dam after the 1928 failure. Credit: Stearns, H.T. USGS/Wikimedia Commons.

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