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EG2401 Engineering Professionalism Tutorial 3 (2012/13, Semester 1) 1 Kansas City Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse You have to read from available material before attempting the questions below. A brief description on the case is available from Engineering Ethics by Charles B. Fleddermann, and more information can be obtained from the internet and other textbooks as well. The case is well documented. (a) Analyze the causes of the collapse. (b) What type of accident was this? Also discuss how this type of accident could be prevented. (c) Who was responsible for checking the drawings and approving changes? (d) Who was responsible for ensuring that all applicable building codes are adhered to? (e) Who is ultimately responsible for ensuring that construction follows the specifications of the drawings? 2 Ford Pinto case

You have to read from available material before attempting the questions below. A brief description on the case is available from Engineering Ethics by Charles B. Fleddermann, and more information can be obtained from the internet and other textbooks as well. The case is well documented. (a) Was the design of the fuel tank placement in the Pinto acceptable in engineering practice then? (b) In the Pinto case, is it sufficient that there was no violation of applicable federal codes? (c) Is this an example of engineering failure or a management failure? (d) Is it appropriate to use cost-benefit ratio to justify the Pinto design? 3 Drug Testing

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