Lessons learned from catastrophe

By JIM DAVIS
The Herald Business Journal
December, 2017

EVERETT — Kobe in 1995. Wenchuan in 2008. Christchurch in 2010. Dave Swanson rattles off the names and dates like well-remembered lines.

The Everett engineer has traveled the globe chasing earthquakes during the past three decades, helping with recovery and learning what he can to minimize damage from future ones.

“Failure teaches us a lot about good design,” Swanson said. “So if we see how something breaks and doesn’t perform we can figure out ways to make it perform better.

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