Posted by Paul Malo on September 15, 2002 at 17:31:49:
In Reply to: Re: The Price of Progress posted by Paul Dremann on September 13, 2002 at 10:20:54:
I'm not qualified to have a technical opinion about the role of the dampers, but I certainly recognize that this is a question to be considered by others who are more qualified than I. And yes, if an investigation is conclusive, the profession should be informed, naturally, to avert further problems.
My tone was conditioned by the rash of "conspiracy theories" that appeared in this forum, or at the least the "blame game," as some contributors rushed in with condemnations about those who might be held responsible.
I've been sued for millions of dollars for technical problems with my own projects, so don't take lightly the rush to judgment about causes and responsibilities. In legal terms, the critical issue is the "state of the art." One can't fault designers for failures genuinely unforseen by at the time, as commonly known in the profession. If the problem here should finally be diagnosed as the dampers, the designers probably ought not be held accountable.
As I said, being innovative carries a high risk.
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