There is no doubt that our aging or inadequate infrastructure is in trouble. Since engineers believe that we're dealing with 'a series of accidents just waiting to happen,' significant failures in the past support this theory. The Hartford Civic Center, the Kansas City Hyatt Regency, and the Mianus River Bridge are just a few examples of past failures that were all unexpected. These and other catastrophic failures confirm the problems that exist in our infrastructure due to poor design, deterioration, lack of inspection, overloading, inadequate maintenance, and the 'low-bid' syndrome. Finding and correcting all the problems amy be an impossible task, but through the use of current nondestructive evaluation methodology, the risks of failure can be minimized.