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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
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
Suggestions to the Instructor
Design and Construction Practices
Design Codes and Standards
Construction Safety Codes, Standards, and Regulations
Standard of Care
Engineering Response to Failures
The First Steps after a Failure
The Engineering Investigation Process
Causes of Failures
Loads and Hazards: The Nature, Magnitude and consequences
Design Errors, Construction Defects, and Project Miscommunication
Defects, Deterioration, and Durability
Temporary Structures in Construction
Material-Specific Forensic Analyses
Professional Practice and Legal Aspects
Legal Concerns after a Failure
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
The Expert Consultant and Witness
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