Reviewing for Potential Failure

by James M. Hinckley, James M. Hinckley Assoc., Warwick, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 7, Pg. 60-62

Document Type: Feature article


The key to preventing structural failures is to examines them and develop systematic techniques for avoidance. One, called contingency analysis, starts with a what if process to decide if the cost of avoidance is less or greater than the risk. A constructibility analysis identifies conflicts in the contract drawings and documents that would cause design revisions or unguided interpretation by constructors. To standardize review, shop drawings should be separated into three categories related to their load-carrying role. Checklists are given for each type.

Subject Headings: Failure analysis | Risk management | Structural failures | Dispute resolution | Contracts | Reviews | Load bearing capacity

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