What really happened at L'Ambiance Plaza

by David R. Wonder, Chief Engr.; Texstar Construction Corp., 1334 N.W.W. White Road, San Antonio, TX 78215,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 10, Pg. 68

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Even though the National Bureau of Standards has issued its report on the probable cause of failure in the collapse of the L'Ambiance Plaza. there is room for doubt as to whether or not the NBS is correct. A close look at the actual conditions used by the NBS in its lifting angle test, which is the prime basis for its findings, casts doubts on the accuracy of the results.

Subject Headings: Building design | Failures | Lift slab construction | Tests | Validation |

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