Guide to Investigation of Structural Failures

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Edited by Jack R. Janney

1986 / 75 pp.
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Prepared by the Research Council on Performance of Structures of ASCE.

This report contains guidelines for conducting an investigation into the causes of a structural failure or collapse. 

Topics include:

  • members of the investigative team and their responsibilities,
  • recommended procedure for site visits,
  • accumulation and recording of data,
  • reporting procedures, and
  • checklists of preparation and materials needed for each step.

Common structural types are described, together with the most common causes of distress and failure for each material and construction method. Causes of failure are discussed according to type of project, type of structure, or type of material, connection or foundation.