Germany, Belgium and Los Angeles have Mandatory Design Review for Major Structures

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 10, Pg. 59-61

Document Type: Feature article


The report of the engineering investigation into the causes of the collapse of the Hartford Coliseum space truss cited design deficiencies as the cause of failure. That report also says problems with the space truss should have been detected during construction. European design review and construction inspection practice is much different from that of the U.S.: in Germany and Belgium, those who review plans become responsible for the structure. German and Belgian practices are described by and commented on by civil engineers with European experience.

Subject Headings: Aerospace engineering | Space truss | Structural failures | Inspection | Failure analysis | Germany | North America | Europe | United States | Belgium | California | Los Angeles | Hartford | Connecticut

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