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Engineering Ethics: The Kansas City Hyatt Walkway Collapse (Video On Demand)

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Course description

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In Engineering Ethics: The Kansas City Hyatt Walkway Collapse , you'll learn ...

  • The project history of the Kansas City Hyatt Walkway
  • Significant design changes that contributed to the walkway collapse
  • Details of the legal investigation and aftermath of the collapse
  • Important ethical lessons applicable to your professional practice


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Credit: 2 PDH

On July 17, 1981, the fourth floor skywalk at the Kansas City Hyatt collapsed during a dance contest being held in the hotel atrium. The accident, which killed 114 people and injured nearly 200 others, was the deadliest structural failure in the history of the United States. But what is perhaps even more troubling to learn is that the tragedy could have been avoided. In fact, this failure was the result of a simple design error.

This webinar will examine the chain of events leading up to the tragedy and discuss the impact this event has had on the engineering profession. We'll discover how the engineer's inattention to constructability issues led the fabricator to change the original design. We'll also learn about a major structural failure during construction of the hotel that should have raised a "red flag" in the design. And we'll see how the direct cause of the accident was the engineer's failure to review shop drawings that he stamped with his professional seal. As a result of these errors, the engineer of record and the project engineer responsible for designing the skywalk were found guilty of gross negligence, misconduct, and unprofessional conduct in the practice of engineering. Both engineers lost their P.E. licenses in the state of Missouri.

Additionally, we'll learn how deficiencies in the Kansas City building code and inadequate staffing inhibited the Kansas City Codes Administration Division's ability to prevent this tragedy. Finally, we'll discuss lessons that can be learned from this incident to help ensure that a similar tragedy doesn't happen again.

Get ready for the full story about the incident and be prepared to discuss how this story affects us all.

Special Note: Course ET-1018, ET-2007W, and ET-2033 are alternate presentations of the same course material. Therefore, only one version, either the course or webinar, can be taken during a renewal cycle. If you have any questions regarding course eligibility, please contact our Customer Service Team.

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Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The Kansas City Hyatt atrium walkway base design and the project history
  • Factors that contributed to a design change initiated by the fabricator
  • How the fabricator's design change weakened the structure and led to the failure
  • Historical perspective on design responsibility for structural connection details
  • Primary factors and missed opportunities during design and construction that contributed to the walkway collapse
  • The judgment of the Missouri Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, and Land Surveyors
  • Ethical lessons relevant to professional engineers


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