Not to excuse the behaviour, but this company is NOT an engineering company. They are a pre-fab building company that happens to have an engineering department. This certainly does not excuse such stuff, but it can explain it. After all, if you have a bunch on non-engineering suits calling the shots and whose goal is to sell more buildings at lower cost and more profit, then I can see how engineering can be forced into a back seat (if any seat) in such a situation. Does not make it right by any means, but there are a lot of things in this world that are not right.
From: Andrew Kester [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, June 29, 2009 10:48 AM
Subject: re: Dallas Cowboys roof collapse
WOW, amazing article, scary stuff... You just expect better from an engineering company, we are not financiers blowing smoke up each others @$$ because eventually you will get caught (often by gravity), and instead of just bankrupting people and sending the economy into a tailspin, people get hurt and die.