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31 Engineering Mistakes That Make You Wonder Who Gave Them Engineering Degrees

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Civil engineering is the loudest of the engineering’s – what civil engineers make is visible and can be seen, touched and lived-in by many for many years. We have seen some amazing marvels of civil engineering in past and we continue to come across amazing civil engineering projects everyday. However, here are some civil engineering fails that will leave you baffled

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54 Comments to 31 Engineering Mistakes That Make You Wonder Who Gave Them Engineering Degrees

  1. George Hilbert

    Hate to break it to ya, but architects design buildings. Engineers make sure that the elements and structures designed by the architects are safe against failure by specifying dimensions of elements, methods of fastening elements, etc.

  2. David Henderson

    What gets me is the fool who builds the mess. I do not car what the plans say at some point the person doing the building is got to realized that some thins wrong. But for them to keep going even after that is just plan stupid. The world of today scares me.

  3. Emmanuel Iyere

    Greatest engineering students, this is why we are sopos to b serious in thing we are doin
    g or carrying out.

    • Brin jenkins

      Some pics looked photo-shopped, others might have been in Spain when changes to planned pedestrian access are changed to suit a new idea at the last minute. The wall is built and rendered around what was existing. I remember such sights 30 years ago in the Marina at Estepona, and whilst it seemed a little odd, it worked by blocking off a muggers escape route.

  4. Doorways at the second floor or a bit higher without steps or a landing on the outside are often not mistakes, just a very convenient way to create a loading path for a high lift forklift or less frequently a small crane. The door is prominently marked with warnings on the inside and has a keyed deadbolt or even a more robust securing mechanism. Just a lack of thoroughness or a bit of cheapness to not remove the handles and knobs that are exposed on outside where they will never be used.

  5. Tom Henry

    How many of these came from china? I’ll wager the railway/ cement pour was from the land where they do not believe in quality control.

    • It’s the Coronado Naval Amphibious Base in the States and it was built like that but I’m guessing not deliberately in that shape though. Unless the architect was a former Nazi who wanted to have the last laugh. Anyway, supposedly they’re spending about 1/2 million $ trying to hide the shape since it’s not a symbol they like to be associated with.

  6. Are you all idiots?

    I’m wondering how anybody who has made a comment up until now got an Engineering Degree.

  7. Enjiniong kuyaw

    That photos are not the work of certified civil engineer. Before commencing the works drawing and method of statement will stablished. In the drawing itself you can visualized the out come of your project. By work method of statement you already know the process of the work. True civil engineer don’t allows mistakes like this. Tell it to the marines.

  8. well nobody z insane enough or fool to do such blunders..
    these may be the renovated structures that lead to these things..
    the blunder that we see might have been a part of the structure before restructuring…..
    i guess that z the only way to explain this.

  9. Trent Robertson

    It is worse that there were contractors who actually built these. However, I doubt any of these came from a drawing signed by a P.E.

  10. Some of the elevated doors may be “elevated accesses”. I’ve seen those where machinery needs to be placed into the room after construction and possibly replaced at a later date, such as lift (elevator) equipment and even computer equipment. Others are later modifications, but yes, some of those are because something went very wrong, whether the original designer or by a contractor not being able to follow a blueprint.

  11. these are not civil engineering mistakes. these does not involve any structural defects but rather lack of workmanship.
    its much more of not consulting civil engineers or architects for the job.
    if its a civil engineering mistake, its going to be a disaster.

    but funny nonetheless especially the last one with the stairs aligned with each other. i wonder how they will be able to fix that. lol

  12. anil kshirsagar

    Actually these are not Civil
    Engineer’s mistakes… You will
    face more such problems… when
    you donot consult Civil
    Engineers…but its really great
    .

  13. good thing they didn’t build the great pyramids of Egypt, the Eiffel Tower, and the White House. Anyways, it’s worth the laugh…. good job guys!

  14. Phil Harding

    Why blame these mistakes on engineers or architects? I seriously doubt either was consulted in any of these projects. These are all most likely examples of expedient modifications long after the building/project was originally completed. Give the engineers a break.

  15. This things make me laugh. But I do not believe that all of this are made by engineers.
    Hmm ..There is a reason behind that why they make that crazy stuff..

  16. I’ve seen enough crap pseudoscience hawked by engineers billing themselves as “scientists” (climate denial, Moon landing hoaxes, creationism, Velikovsky, etc.) not to be automatically impressed by an engineering degree. But most of these are not engineering per se. A lot look like somebody did an alteration without changing other features, for example eliminating a door but not removing a flight of stairs. Some are lazy – bricking up a window rather than removing it properly. And a few look like additional work was intended but never begun. The second story garage looks like it was intended to bridge across to the roadway, for example. And some, like the misplaced ATM’s or the divided toilet, look like incompetent installers.

  17. i am unable to understand, that how this had not came to the great mind of the person responsible on site that there is something wrong going on while making a complete dead wall in front of the staircase. until the time its completed and painted.. :P

  18. They done the designed intentionally to attract attentions from the observant. That’s they call designed and built.

  19. Actually these are not Civil Engineer’s mistakes… You will face more such problems… when you donot consult Civil Engineers…

    • M. Akram Khan

      I agree with Aamir 200% since that is what was my instant response, silent and loud.
      Civil Engineers must beware of such anti Civil Engineer elements.

      • and also if there a broken connection like if one group changes the plain to a wall and moved it 5 feet, you have to tell the head guy so he can tell the other groups electrician and hvac contractor or or they will do the same thing as these photos. where you see the vents and wires with the wall next to it

    • what about the first pic which shows faulty bridge construction. it is huge and surely not a mistries work.

  20. Please assure your trust of your design then implement with frequent implementation monitoring. Thanks.
    Nasim Ayobi

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