Overview: In the late 19th century, engineers began to fully understand the need to organize to address engineering concerns, public safety, and social obligations. One of the first organizations was the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), which was founded in 1880; one of its earliest actions was developing boiler codes to prevent steam boiler explosions. In this assignment, you will study another engineering failure, the Boston molasses tank failure that resulted in many deaths and major destruction.
Prompt: Begin by reviewing the resources in this module that relate to the molasses disaster:
Boston Molasses Disaster (6:25)
The Great Boston Molasses Tank Failure of 1919
On This Day: The Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919
Solving the Great Molasses Flood Mystery
Nearly a Century Later, Structural Flaw in Molasses Tank Revealed
The Science of the Great Molasses Flood
Magazine Looks at Science Behind 1919 Molasses Disaster Then, in your analysis, address the following critical elements:
Summarize the important details of the case.
Identify management principles at work in the case. Assess the extent to which the project suffered from methodological dysfunctions in the design process. Was the design process logically and consistently applied through each stage of development? Defend your position using specific examples from the case study resources. Identify examples of handshake issues that may have contributed to the disaster. Evaluate the use of the project’s resources and personnel. Use specific examples from the case study resources to support your evaluation. Rubric Guidelines for
Submission: Your analysis should be a 2- to 3-page Microsoft Word document with double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and all sources cited in APA format.