Structural Failures

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 12, Pg. 42-45

Document Type: Feature article


A relatively few, spectacular failures of new buildings have caught the public attention. Despite the publicity, the track record of structural designers is generally outstanding. Nevertheless, performance can be improved. Three areas of special concern are structural and nonstructural details and connections (their design and construction), level of fees for structural engineering work, and design and construction of building roofs and facades. This is the first of a two part series which examines how well U.S. structures are performing, possible causes of structural failures, and a key trouble spot — building facades.

Subject Headings: Structural design | Building design | Failure analysis | Structural failures | Construction management | Building envelope | Connections (structural) | Fees

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