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  • This is an interesting discussion that brings to the fore the responsibility of civil engineers to protect human welfare. There is no single challenge greater for civil engineers than designing for uncertain ...

  • The problem in just adding a factor of safety to civil infrastructure projects is that engineering design parameters are changing significantly, and in ways that are not readily predictable. For long-lived ...

  • Timothy brings up a point that, although obvious to most of us in the real world, may not be as obvious to others. Factors of Safety vary depending on the uncertainty. Geotechnical factors of safety ...

  • I think it is our fundamental duty as Civil Engineers to include a safety factor in our work. This should include our thinking as well. I will return to this later, but would like to interlude on a rather ...

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