The investigations: The Pentagon

by Laurie A. Shuster, Editor in Chief; ASCE, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2022, Vol. 92, Issue 5, Pg. 32-33


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: On the day that terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, ASCE and its Structural Engineering Institute established a group of volunteers, known as the building performance study, or BPS, team, to examine the damage to the Pentagon and make recommendations for the future. Team members were experts in structural engineering, structural fire, and forensic engineering, led by Paul F. Mlakar, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, Dist.M.ASCE. In January 2003 ASCE and SEI published their conclusions in The Pentagon Building Performance Report. What follows are excerpts from that report’s Executive Summary and Findings sections

Subject Headings: Structural engineering | Forensic engineering | Terrorism | Professional societies | Buildings | Volunteerism | Team building | Engineering profession

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