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BIM: Time to tap into its full potentialJanuary 15, 2019

BIM has the potential to enhance benefits realisation for the state, contractor and the paying public, so we should lay the foundation stone and define a level 1 BIM national framework that is within the reach of all interested stakeholders, write Jansi George and John McGrath
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The 30-year failure cycleJanuary 15, 2019

Could the 30-year failure cycle evident in specific bridge failures be coincidence or something more? Sean Brady looks at the technical and human aspects of this unfortunate trend
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Hyatt Regency: The human price of failureDecember 11, 2018

The engineer of record – who was ultimately responsible for the construction of the hotel – had one objective following the 1981 disaster: to 'scare the daylights' out of engineers about what can go wrong, writes Sean Brady
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Near-misses and failure: Part 1November 13, 2018

Drawing on two high-profile examples, Sean Brady suggests that attitudes toward near-misses can sometimes result in complacency – with catastrophic consequences
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Why do most change initiatives fail?October 2, 2018

Managing change initiatives means tackling the gravitational pull of company culture, the ingrained habits, the unwritten rules as to how things are done – and always involves battling established norms and the egos associated with the status quo, writes James Sweetman