Forensic Engineering, Diagnosing Failures and Solving Problems : Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Forensic Engineering. London, November 2005 book cover
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Forensic Engineering, Diagnosing Failures and Solving Problems
Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Forensic Engineering. London, November 2005

Edited By

B.S. Neale

ISBN 9780415395236
Published August 3, 2006 by CRC Press
340 Pages

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Book Description

Forensic Engineering contains papers prepared for the Institution of Civil Engineers' Third International Conference on Forensic Engineering, which focussed on diagnosing failures of the built environment with a view to solving problems for the future.

Constructed facilities are important assets that need to be managed in ways that minimise the risk of failure. Such failures may range from serviceability failures, which may not immediately affect useage, through to catastrophic failures, rendering facilities unuseable and causing serious safety issues. The papers, written by leading practitioners, include case studies from around the world featuring structures and buildings built for different purposes, in a variety of working environments and a range of climates.

Topics are grouped according to the type of incident investigation and include collapses; performance risk management; durability and assessment; failures of building envelopes; ground and marine; legal and professional care considerations and educating for the future, where the positive learning outcomes are developed with direct application for facilities, development of technical codes and standards, and also for developing applied diagnostic and other techniques following research.

Table of Contents

Keynote Papers

Forensic investigation: the true calibrator for design limit states

J Wood, Structural Studies & Design Ltd, UK

Quality and safety: the ultimate legacy of forensic engineering

K Carper, Washington State University, USA

Durability and Assessment

Durability assessment of prefabricated balconies

M Holický & J Markova, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic

Study of the static conditions of a monument: Massenzio Cathedral, Rome

C Sarri, Balfour Beatty Rail Projects Ltd, UK

Construction failure prevention achieved through procedural redundancy

I Ortega, Design Studio, Switzerland

In-situ condition assessment of metal plate connected wood trusses in light-framed wood construction

A Gjinolli & J Vogt, TECO, USA

Condition evaluation of post-tensioned bridges in Florida after 25 years

A Moreton, Corven Engineering Inc., USA

The importance of time in understanding cracks in concrete

S Alexander, WSP Group, UK

Ground and Marine

Case study investigation of defects in an underground reinforced concrete reservoir: Jakarta, Indonesia

P Sandeford, GHD Pty Ltd, Australia

Forensic ground engineering assessment and the timely disclosure of documents

R Thompson, EDGE Consultants UK Ltd, UK

Investigating substandard piles in Hong Kong

S Hencher, J Tyson & P Hutchinson, Halcrow China Ltd, Hong Kong

Foundation monitoring [email protected] are they all they are cracked up to be?

R Thorniley-Walker, Structural & Civil Consultants Ltd, UK

Investigation and repair of the New North Quay foundations St Helier, Jersey

S Hold, Arup, UK

Failures of Building Envelopes

Toughened glass failures in modern buildings

R Harris & M West, Sandberg, UK

Design life of ineffective repairs to an historic terracotta façade

P Plemic, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc, USA

Wind damage to lightweight roofing systems

K Roberts, Roberts Consulting, UK

Bucking analysis of an aluminium-framed dome

J Duntemann & D Crampton, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc, USA

Investigation of problems involving wood structural panels

J Vogt & A Gjinolli, TECO, USA

Incident/Collapse Investigation

Collapse of a power station roof in the Czech Republic

D Burt, White Young Green, UK

Roof failure due to snow: the implications of improperly applying code provisions

C Fischer & D Wojnowski, Engineering Systems Inc, USA

Fatigue sensitive details and related problems in lighting structures

J Dunteman & R Christie, Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates Inc, USA

Performance Risk Management

Managing the risk of failure for railway bridges

J Lane, Rail Safety & Standards Board, UK

Prevention of progressive collapses due to terrorist attacks

M Byfield, University of Southampton, UK

Engineers and emergency response: current practices and recommendations for the future

S Nacheman, Thornton-Tomasetti Group, USA

Considerations for the evaluation of a long span moveable roof

C Pinto, Thornton-Tomasetti Group, USA

Data processing methods for low frequency structural vibrations

M Jeansonne, Thornton-Tomasetti Group, USA

Legal and Care Considerations

The legal proceedings and forensic engineering investigations for the Thames Water Main failure at London Bridge

P Knight & C Ryan, Lane and Partners & B New, Geotechnical Consulting Group, UK

Evaluating structural failure / collapse

R Howard, SDII Global Corporation, USA

The legal requirements of expert witnesses in litigation

P Houghton, Lupton Fawcett, UK

The elements of care in engineering

J Kardon, Joshua B Kardon & Company Structural Engineers, USA

Educating for the Future

A failures knowledge base for designers and constructors

B Kumar, Glasgow Caledonian University & B Neale, Consultant, UK

The confidential reporting scheme on structural safety (CROSS)

F Wainwright, Arup, UK

Forensic engineering: a gap in safety thinking

B Harvey, Obvis Ltd, UK


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Brian S. Neale is consultant and Chair of the Conference Organising Committee of the Institute of Civil Engineers' Structural and Building Board.