Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-12-07
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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The Most Complete and Up-to-Date Resource on Forensic Structural EngineeringThoroughly revised and featuring contributions from leading experts, this definitive handbook offers comprehensive treatment of forensic structural engineering and expert witness delivery. From exploring the possible origins of errors, through investigating and analyzing failures, to working with the legal profession for assigning responsibilities, Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook , Second Edition covers every important topic in the field. The design and construction process Design and construction safety codes, standards, and regulations Standard of care and duty to perform First steps and legal concerns after a failure Engineering investigation of failures Origins and causes of failures Loads and hazards Design errors, construction defects, and project miscommunication Defects, deterioration, and durability Mechanisms and analyses of failures in steel, concrete, masonry, timber, and temporary structures; building envelope; and structural foundations Litigation and dispute resolution The expert consultant and witness

Author Biography

Robert Ratay is an acknowledged expert in forensic structural engineering, and has an active consulting practice in that field. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where he has been teaching the graduate course of Forensic Structural Engineering which he created and developed some years ago, and for which the Handbook of Forensic Structural Engineering is the standard textbook. Ratay has lectured at conferences and seminars in the U.S. and abroad and published in U.S. and international journals on forensic structural engineering. .

Table of Contents

Contributor Listp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Suggestions to the Instructorp. xv
Design and Construction Practices
Design-Construction Processp. 1
Design Codes and Standardsp. 2
Construction Safety Codes, Standards, and Regulationsp. 3
Standard of Carep. 4
Engineering Response to Failures
The First Steps after a Failurep. 5
The Engineering Investigation Processp. 6
Causes of Failures
Loads and Hazards: The Nature, Magnitude and consequencesp. 7
Design Errors, Construction Defects, and Project Miscommunicationp. 8
Defects, Deterioration, and Durabilityp. 9
Temporary Structures in Constructionp. 10
Material-Specific Forensic Analyses
Steel Structuresp. 11
Concrete Structuresp. 12
Masonry Structuresp. 13
Timber Structuresp. 14
Building Facadesp. 15
Foundationsp. 16
Professional Practice and Legal Aspects
Legal Concerns after a Failurep. 17
Litigation and Dispute Resolutionp. 18
The Expert Consultant and Witnessp. 19
Indexp. I
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