Lecture title: When Things goes wrong: How safe is safe enough
Dr. Robert Evans
On this essay, I will write about the presentation we had which is talking about the relationship between science/ engineering and society. Also, when thigs goes wrong how can we assure that safe is safe enough to protect everything within that area.
Engineers face a lot of challenges in every project they do and they have to be able to solve problems in a creative way with as less budget they can as possible. So, safety of each project they work on has high priority and a lot of decision should be taken and considered before any action is taken.
Also, part of the lecture was about the engineering society and how in any project engineering companies does will benefits the surrounded society from new developments, services…etc.
Also, there are many ways to this about the relationship between the engineering and the society such as: technological determining, social determinism and social constructive which reflects the interaction between two social groups
the safety is required in all the engineering projects especially the ones with high presenting of risk such as space ships
in the past, the political judgements were stronger than the engineering judgments and the risk of low temperature launch and then there was a decision needed to be taken and needed to consider many aspects not only engineering principles and there were judgments needed to be understood which they are:
· What was known at the time of the launch
· What was not known at the time of the launch
· What counts as ‘evidence’ in an engineering argument about risk
this space ship design also contains joints these joints has got something to prevent splitting which is called O-ring also these joint known that they fail at a high temperature during the simulating test which then were identified as serious problems.