Reducing Failures of Engineered Facilities

Committee on Forensic Engineering of ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-485-6 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-485-4 (ISBN-10), 1985, Soft Cover, Pg. 112

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Conference information: A Workshop | Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States | December 7-9, 1985

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


One of the most serious problems of modern professional practice is the collapse or malfunction of an engineered facility. The tragic consequences of this problem are all too familiar both to the practitioner and the general public. It is especially tragic when one realizes that in most cases the technical knowledge is available for the satisfactory design and construction of the facility. Civil engineers are very much concerned about this problem, although it is not a matter that can be resolved solely by them. Design of a modern facility involves an interdisciplinary effort. There are several teams with different technical expertise that participate in planning, design, and construction of a project to bring it to reality. Yet it is the responsibility of and a challenge for the civil engineering profession to do everything possible to minimize incidents of failure. This workshop was organized to provide a forum for discussing the problems associated with identification of the causes of failures and dissemination of failure information. The workshop proceedings include nine invited papers, and recommendations for action by the profession. These recommendations are in four categories representing the four working groups: failure investigation, dissemination of information, learning from failures and quality assurance/quality control.

Subject Headings: Forensic engineering | Failure analysis | Building design | Construction management | Professional practice | Team building | Quality control


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