Firstly: guidance if you are a legal professional engaged in litigation regarding this project
So this is about the 3rd Bosphorus Bridge project North of Istanbul,
Turkey, which I was working on in the first half of 2015.
At the time of writing, putting my 3rd Bosphorus Bridge project memoir
in the public domain, including this statement, I know of no legal
proceedings. Anyone reading these writings seeking to identify who is
to blame for problems should read and re-read these notes as many
times as necessary, with follow-up studying the referenced Standards
and Codes, and do appropriate "background" research until the meaning
How did the project run into the problems which necessitated my
recruitment? The explanation for who is to blame and who is liable is
"everyone and no-one". For the reason that the problems were the
local manifestations of the wider global context of the global
economic endeavour as relating to welds and welding.
The Standards mentioned are those as they were operating in 2015:
- ISO15614-1 - had become largely inappropriate and had the outdated
"range-of-qualification" which created the "quality leak" that tight
control of welding processes is almost prohibited (appropriate weld
qualification should be based on something looking like a
combination of the deprecated ISO15610 and ISO15612)
- EN1090 was the legally mandatory Code for steelwork across the
European Union (EU) per "harmonisation" rules; prohibiting using
"tried and trusted" alternative Codes like the AWS D1."n"
series when the shortcomings of EN1090 came into view. Turkey was
not then part of the EU, but had those ambitions, probably
influencing choices outside of engineering merit.
- EN10025 series are a good range of Standards for commodity steels
- but the commoditisation view did not help get the right choices
made for this high-value project with specific requirements
- Many technicians hold the post of "welding engineer" due to the
unintended effect of wording in ISO14731:2006 Appendix A.
Another effect was corruption, with people with no discernable
understanding of welding presenting as welding engineers.
This was one of the largest reasons for degeneracy within the
If as a legal professional you are truly motivated by egalitarian
causes, a good first task would be to sort out these issues.
Sounds like lots of virtuous pro bono work you would be keen to
contribute to the cause of a better world, facilitating better
infrastructure for a pleasant standard of living for most!
(R. Smith, 19Apr2017)