ELR-050 Ethics case study: Hyatt Hotel Collapse: 2 PDH

ELR-050 Ethics case study Hyatt Hotel Collapse

Description of the Ethics case study: Hyatt Hotel Collapse course

The Ethics case study: Hyatt Hotel Collapse online PDH course is a part of the Ethics, Laws and Rules category of courses. This course will examine the ethical issues that arose from the 1981 collapse of atrium lobby walkways at the newly constructed Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.  This tragic incident resulted in the loss of 114 lives and 200 injuries and is the most serious structural engineering failure in United States history.  Out of this tragedy a number of serious ethical issues arose for the engineering profession. In this course you will learn about the structural design feature that was the nexus of the failure, and the organizational and procedural deficiencies that allowed the fatal design change to be implemented.  You will learn about the ensuing technical investigation, the issues of responsibility and liability, and lessons that were learned that can help us prevent future tragic failures such as this one.

This course will give engineers and others a chance to examine the most tragic structural engineering failure in U.S. history, the ethical issues that were raised, and the lessons that can be learned to help engineers guard against a recurrence of this type of tragedy in the future.

This course is intended for engineers, architects and other design and construction professionals wanting to learn how the most tragic structural failure in United States history resulted from organizational and procedural failures in the building design and construction process.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Learn about the history of the project and the members of the design and construction team.
  • Learn how economic considerations affect engineering decisions.
  • Learn about the ominous earlier structural failure that should have foretold this tragedy.
  • Learn how the parties to the design and construction effort held themselves out to the public.
  • Learn from file photos what investigators at the scene saw at the time.
  • Learn about the technical investigation headed by the National Bureau of Standards.
  • Learn about the investigation and conclusions reach by the Missouri engineering registration board.
  • Learn how engineering societies reacted to the event.
  • Learn how contemporary project delivery methods might lead to different conclusions about responsibility today.
  • Learn the three essentials to guard against a recurrence of this type of tragedy in the future.

Refunds and Cancellation Policies

The course is accepted by the Professional Engineering boards in states listed on this page. In an unlikely case the course is not accepted by the board listed on this page, we will refund the full payment and will pay for you to take another course of equivalent monetary and PDH / CEU value. For complete list of courses related to Ethics, Laws and Rules category of courses please click here.

Length of the Course / Activity

This course is intended to be studied at self-pace and it should take on average of 2 hour to read and be able to comprehend the material to successfully past the online quiz

Course Quiz

To receive the certificate of completion for the above 2 PDH online course, you will need to take a 15 question multiple choice quiz based on the reference material supplied and pass with minimum score of 70%. There is no time limit for the quiz and it can be taken multiple times until a passing score of 70% is achieved

Certificate of Completion

Once you achieve a passing score of 70% on the quiz you will receive and be able to print your Certificate of Completion as a record of your continuing education. PDH Star will keep a record of your certificate for the duration as required by your state of licensure. You will be able to log on to your account and view and print your past Certificate of Completion

State Acceptance

This course is accepted in all states mandating continuing education:

AK, AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and WY

For detailed state by state requirements click here

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