But if flaws are turning up in other parts of the building that seems to indicate indirectly that it might be a design or materials issue, rather then a work flaw in just that one section.
Not necessarily. It may be that the several sections of the building depend upon each other for support. That means if one section falls, the others are all weakened.
whether it be a building, or product, just look at the Three Mile Island Nuclear meltdown that occurred some time ago
TMI was not a construction issue. It was an old, faulty indicator that caused the crew working the station to do exactly
the wrong thing in the situation they were actually facing. The real problem was redundancy in instrumentation and a realistic replacement schedule for that instrumentation. It's a little different than what they (probably) face at CDG
On an side note, in reading the few threads on this subject, as well as pretty much any other thread that happens on here, it's amazing to see the complete split between the U.S and the rest of the world (A vs B ,etc), when it comes to certain topics and certain individuals. Some people really take National pride WAY out of control. I'm the first person to admit that I love my American friends just like they're family. We all know that you're the "Superpower" of the world, and we all don't need to be reminded of it, even subtly.
To the families and to the FRENCH PEOPLE --> The rest of the world (including MANY MANY Americans) feel your pain and offer our condolences for your loss.
So do we.
As far as being subtly reminded of our "Superpower" status, I don't know how to leave that out of certain discussions. In this thread, it's inappropriate, and the people who say, "This would never happen in America," are obviously mis-informed because it happens all the time. We recently had a highway bridge support fall down because the manufacturer labelled it backwards. Three people in a passing car were killed. So it does happen here.
Believe me, there are Nationalists in this country, but those of us who are Patriots know that we're not infallible.
Same with trival lawsuits, so common in the USA for millions of dollars over spilled coffee.
And of course, there are Nationalists in other parts of the world, too. We're not the only idiots will frivilous lawsuits.
it is difficult for me to see how a tunnel-shaped building above the ground could resist collapse of the roof without significant bracing of the ceiling from the inside, or the lateral walls from the outside. I am not an engineer, however.
Actually, there was significant bracing from the outside
. This is a common construction technique for un-obstructed spaces. The largest unobstructed space in the world that I know of is Bartle Hall in Kansas City, where the roof is supported by suspension cables from above. It would be even larger if the suspension towers didn't come up through the middle of the building. I'm sure since 1995 a larger unobstructed space has been built, but back then that's what it was. In any event, there are no internal vertical supports for the roof. Even the suspension towers do not assist in keeping the roof up, except in transferring the load from the suspension cables.
I just hope the responsible persons will be prosecuted
Assuming the accident was forseeable
, I agree with you completely. Whomever is responsible should be held financially and criminally liable.
If it was not a forseeable event with the known facts, then I would say we should just chalk it up to experience and let the insurance handle it.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.