Structural Safety

by Carl Turkstra, Dept. of Civ. Engrg., McGill Univ., Montreal, Canada,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 6, Pg. 68-69

Document Type: Feature article


Future building codes will go far beyond the classical emphasis on dimensioning, calculations, and specification writing. Emphasis will shift from scientific thinking to strategic thinking, from micro design to macro design, leading to detailed analysis of the relationships between elements of the construction process. Legal, administrative, and social factors have a major influence on the outcome of a structural design and the incidence of failure. Until realistic models of the entire process are developed, structural safety analysis can only deal with a fraction of the problems in current practice.

Subject Headings: Structural safety | Social factors | Building codes | Writing skills | Legal affairs

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