Today an engineer in Washington can be proud of doing a very good job. After noticing a crack and bowing in the structure, the engineer ordered the dam inspected and caught a problem before it catastrophically failed.

Dear Engineer,

Thank you for looking at that dam and thinking, "...that shouldn't be bulging..." then taking the risk of lowering waters and sending in an inspection diver.

So often we talk about catastrophes resulting from people being incompetent or not paying attention. You did your job well, and found a 65-foot crack before the Wanapum Dam broke and flooded everyone downstream on the Columbia River.


Good job, engineer. Your old professors are proud of you.

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