The growing interest in the overlap between technical, legal and insurance aspects of technology and engineering is reflected in the formation of the new International Society for Technology, Law and Insurance (ISTLI). This book forms the proceedings of the founding symposium and contains wide ranging papers from engineers, lawyers, and other specialists in insurance, technical approvals and product liability.
'Useful for all the industries, engineers, and organizations worldwide … excellent printing and illustrations' - Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol23, January 1997
Preface. Foreword. Contributors. Economic effects of ruin of systems. Designing against failure. Ever diminishing concentric circles: the business outlook for engineering consultants in the litigation. Product liability and the expert witness: a Canadian perspective. The status of product liability in the USA. The relationship of technology and law in civil suits in Japan. The status of product liability in Poland. Present-day Swiss legislation about product liability. Product liability - In case of a licence? Forensic engineering activities in the Czech Republic. Some comments on risk assessment and failure analysis activities in Switzerland. The function of technical documentation: draft recommendation VDI 4500 for user information. International commercial arbitration and engineering. A role model for the validation of mathematical models and software integrity with respect to product. The Brazilian experience in integrity. Ageing, safety and legal aspects of cableways in Austria. Mechanical characteristics of pre-fatigued 2219-T87 and 6061-T6 aluminium alloys under high velocity tension. Fatigue failures and identification of their causes. From a sub-critical to the critical crack - a complex domain in structural stability. Fundamentals of limit-state design of concrete - Russian Experience. Index.