Dissecting the Collapses

by Anne Elizabeth Powell, Editor in Chief; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2002, Vol. 72, Issue 5, Pg. 36-45

Document Type: Feature article


The September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center horrified the civilized world. An estimated 2,830 human lives were extinguished by these attacks. In the aftermath of the events, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (SEI/ASCE)�in association with several other federal agencies and professional organizations�dispatched a team of civil, structural, and fire protection engineers to study the performance of the buildings at this site. This article is a distillation of portions of the draft of the team's report. The full report was released on May 1.

Subject Headings: Terrorism | Federal government | Team building | Structural engineering | Protective structures | Professional societies | Human and behavioral factors

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