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Assumptions: often traced to be the root cause of a disaster (in engineering)
Author(s): K. P. Thompson; J. P. Rolland
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Paper Abstract

After leading well over 1500 optical projects for over 500 companies during the last 20 years, some fundamentals emerge. In reviewing the most striking and in many cases devastating failures a clear pattern emerges. In every case, the failure can be traced an assumption that may have been valid for decades, or even centuries, but, is suddenly no longer valid, and the change in status is not recognized in-time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7796, An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned II, 77960G (15 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864360
Show Author Affiliations
K. P. Thompson, Optical Research Associates (United States)
J. P. Rolland, Univ. of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7796:
An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned II
Mark A. Kahan, Editor(s)

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