enc2210 memo 2 - should not have omitted the preliminary...

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To: Kevin Hyde From: Subject: Ethical Aspects of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse Date: January 23, 2008 The purpose of this memo is to discuss the relationship between the ethics and the technical documentation of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency atrium walkway collapse on July 17, 1981. The collapse of the atrium walkway was due to many negligent acts by the engineer and the contractor. Incorrect rods and a modification that shifted the burden of the walkways to a single nut were noted among the causes for the collapse. Aside from structural negligence, the collapse of the atrium can also be attributed to technical writing negligence. The engineer did not act ethically when he documented that the altered sketches were structurally sound. It was the duty of the engineer to document to the construction crew that he did not have time to test the new design. Additionally, he
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Unformatted text preview: should not have omitted the preliminary documentation that detailed the specifics of the construction. The preliminary documentation noted that the rod strength was to be 413 Mpa; however, because this documentation was not included, the construction crew used rods designed for a strength of 248 Mpa. The engineer and the contractor did not act ethically when they did not contact the owner of hotel to notify him of the changes. Additionally, the hotel owner should have been notified that the rods used in the construction where not the rods that were originally approved. It is clear that gross structural negligence was a primary cause of this devastation. It is also important to note that technical writing played a significant role in the collapse. In the future to avoid problems such as this, more attention should be paid to the ethics of technical writing....
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