POSTPONED Avoiding Future Failures: Structural Safety Considerations and the CROSS-US Program

Date: April 23, 2020 4:00pm
Location: 1625 Eye St NW Conference Center
Speaker(s): Glenn Bell
sgh dc

Thursday, April 23, 2020

1625 Eye St NW
Conference Center
Washington, DC 20006

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

aia logoParticipants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW). While we encourage you to invite colleagues, please note that space is limited. Registration is free.


It is critical that the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry learns from its failures and near misses to avoid repeating the mistakes that cause them. While analyzing specific structural failures can involve complex technical and procedural issues relevant to individual projects, common themes repeat themselves when seen as a whole. For this reason, several organizations in the United Kingdom, United States, and elsewhere have created confidential reporting systems to capture data on failures and potential failures and identify takeaways for the industry. In this seminar, we will review lessons learned from past structural failures and explore how they can be applied to current and future practice. We will also discuss how the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is addressing structural safety with its new Confidential Reporting of Structural Safety in the U.S. (CROSS-US) program.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the importance of learning from failures. 
  • Identify common technical and procedural causes of structural failures.
  • Recognize efforts to report on and learn from failures in the industry. 
  • Discuss strategies to avoid failures.



glenn bellGlenn R. Bell, P.E. | President | Structural Engineering Institute 
Glenn Bell is President of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a member of the organization’s Board of Governors. He has a career-long passion for learning from structural failures and oversaw the development and introduction of SEI’s CROSS-US program. Glenn retired from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) in 2020 after a forty-five-year career with the firm. He served as the company’s CEO from 1995 through 2016, Board Chair from 2016 through 2018, and Quality Assurance Officer from 2017 through 2019. During his career at SGH, Glenn worked in all areas of the company’s practice, most recently as a Senior Principal in the firm’s Engineering Mechanics and Infrastructure practice, where he was responsible for major projects involving advanced analysis and design of complex structures.