Building Failures—Preventing Them, Learning from Them

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 1, Pg. 44-50

Document Type: Feature article


Ways to design and construct a structure so as to minimize chances of errors leading to failure are described. Held up as models of systematically investigating failures are the incident-study teams of the National Transportation Safety Board (airplane crashes) and the National Fire Protection Association (building fires). The incident-study mechanisms of both are profiled. Insurers of architect/engineer firms that design buildings are working with them to reduce errors and omissions. The activities of the top three insurers are profiled. A building developer whose approach is said to prevent failures is profiled.

Subject Headings: Building design | Failure analysis | Structural failures | Fire resistance | Team building | Federal government | Aircraft and spacecraft | Accidents

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