An Overview of Forensic Structural Engineering Practice - EUROSTRUCT

by EuroStruct 2018
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John F. Duntemann is a licensed structural engineer with over 40 years of experience. He is primarily engaged in the analysis and rehabilitation of existing structures and specializes in the assessment of structural distress and serviceability problems. He has published and lectured extensively on the performance of structures, structural failures, the rehabilitation of structures, and design codes and standards. He is a fellow of IABSE and current Chair of Task Group 5.1 Forensic Engineering and serves on the Outstanding Structure Award Committee. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers/Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE/SEI) Standard Committee for Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE/SEI 7) and a contributing author to the Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook, 2nd edition, published by McGraw-Hill.

Abstract
An Overview of Forensic Structural Engineering Practive
Forensic structural engineering has in the United States and in other countries become a designated field of professional practice of determining the causes of structural failures and developing solutions and standards to reduce the recurrence of these failures. In the experience of the author, there also appears to be an international trend to develop this practice and share the lessons learned from failures to encourage and ensure improvements in design and construction practices. This presentation serves to further define the field of forensic engineering practice and identify some of the common origins of failure and consequences of failure.

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