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Anatomy of an Accident: How Sloppy work and a Lack of Documentation Caused Massive Payouts! May Tech Meeting

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IEEE PI2 Austin, May 23rd, 2023, Tech Meeting via WebEx and In-Person 6 PM Central / 7 PM Eastern at Lupe Tortilla off MoPac. – Lupe Tortilla, 10515 N MoPac Expy, Austin, Texas Dinner (Fajitas) and soft beverages will be provided for those with reservations. If you do not have a reservation you will not be able to eat. Cost, to defray the room, dinner and refreshments cost. Thank you in advance: – All Attendees: In-person Choices: – IF REGISTERED IN ADVANCE – $25.00 Paypal from your card when registering – you do not need a Paypal account to use it. Click through to the credit/debit page. Non-memebers – use the IEEE member registration. – $25.00 credit/debit with Square at the meeting. Please register in advance (skip the payment) – IF NOT REGISTERED IN ADVANCE – $30.00 cash at the meeting – On-Line- $5.00 Paypal (you don’t need to have an account to pay) – IEEE Student Members – free (must register in advance with your IEEE member number) In person registration ends on May 19th 2023. The WebEx information will be emailed to you the day of the event. Contact haleyhirschfield@ieee.org if you have any questions or do not receive the WebEx details. For PDH hours, please email the PI2 Secretary, Haley Hirschfield at HaleyHirschfeld.org or pi2-secretary@ieee.org. Abstract On Thursday morning, January 7, 1999, a woman walking to work in San Antonio TX died on the sidewalk in front of UTSA downtown. The cause was ruled as electrocution from an energized metal lid in the sidewalk. The resultant investigation revealed a lack of final inspection on the original work and many problems with subsequent work. Enough that San Antonio’s Central Power Supply (CPS) and others paid out a combined $6.4M. James Mercier, who was at that time an engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, will present and discuss the various errors discovered from his investigation for TxDOT and in the court records. Long after the court case was settled, James may have figured out what really happened that day! Speaker(s): James Mercier Agenda: Mixer/Food-Refreshments/Sign-In: 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM Program: 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM Networking: 7:45 PM to 8:00 PM Bldg: Building R, Lupe Tortilla, 10515 N MoPac Expy, Austin, Texas, United States, 78759, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/360790

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