The analysis of engineering failures is an essential part of many engineering curricula today. This focus enables modern engineers and scholars to learn what not to do and how to create designs with a greater chance of success. Key to learning is establishing the nature of each failure—structural, corrosive, electrical, etc.—and understanding that element.
One principal challenge is identifying and locating the tools needed for this type of analysis. Teaching these topics effectively can be difficult as many of the tools currently available now are inconsistent, with much of the material scattered across numerous resources—both online and print. Once located, information can be subjective and incomplete.
The engineering field needs a comprehensive and authoritative resource to provide in-depth, impartial analysis of key engineering failures. Engineering Case Studies Online is a collection that will grow to include 250 hours of video and 50,000 pages of text resources to meet this growing need. Content is displayed alongside targeted learning objects designed to facilitate detailed understanding of the causes and impact of these failures. Materials in the collection include:
The collection provides in-depth coverage for more than 50 of the most frequently taught and seminal case studies around the world together. Example cases include:
All materials in Engineering Case Studies Online are carefully cultivated by expert editors, with the assistance of an advisory board of engineering librarians and faculty. Materials come from a wide range of content partners, including the Digital Rights Group, BBC, Future Media, TVF International, as well as leading academic publishers such as Princeton University Press, John Wiley & Sons, Harvard University Press, and engineering associations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers.
More than 60 percent of video material in the collection was produced since 2000, and new content is added regularly. The database is global in focus, and originates from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, with selections from across Europe and Asia. And because Engineering Case Studies Online addresses cases from a variety of angles, including their legal and ethical implications, the collection has broad applications for fields including architecture, business, law, urban planning, health and safety, environmental studies, science, sociology, media, and technology.
The collection’s advisory board consists of regular contributors from leading universities—Brunel University, University of Washington, University of Maryland, Case Western University, Princeton University and Drexel University—and receives additional advisory support from engineering librarians at institutions in the UK, Australia, and Europe.
All content is deeply indexed for more than 15 fields—including engineering area, keyword, subject, date, region, experiment, and relevant web resources—allowing users to quickly and easily find the exact content they’re looking for. Only Engineering Case Studies Online allows for such detailed queries as: