Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering

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9780070164444: Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering

Learn how to conduct a professional forensic geotechnical and foundation investigation

Clearly written and easy to use, this authoritative book shows you step-by-step how to:

  • INVESTIGATE damage, deterioration, or collapse in a structure
  • EVALUATE problems caused by settlement, expansive soil, slope movement, moisture intrusion, and more
  • INVESTIGATE damage from earthquakes and other natural causes
  • DETERMINE what caused the damage
  • DEVELOP repair recommendations
  • PREPARE files and reports
  • AVOID civil liability

    No matter what caused the structural damage, this book will help you pinpoint it and, if necessary, suggest a remedy. With advice on all aspects of the process, from accepting the assignment to testifying compellingly, this book is your all-in-one guide to geotechnical and foundation investigations in forensic engineering.

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    Why did the building collapse? What caused cracking in the bridge supports? Who's responsible for the sideways settling of the shopping mall? These are the types of questions forensics engineers answer, often as expert witnesses in legal procedures. Clearly written and easy to use, this authoritative book shows you how to conduct a professional forensic geotechnical and foundation investigation. Written by a leading forensic engineer and packed with interesting case studies, it shows you step-by-step how to: INVESTIGATE damage, deterioration, or collapse in a structure. EVALUATE problems caused by settlement, expansive soil, slope movement, moisture intrusion, and more. INVESTIGATE damage from earthquakes and other natural causes. DETERMINE what caused the damage. DEVELOP repair recommendations. PREPARE files and reports. AVOID civil liability. Sulfate attack, dam failure, tree roots, decomposition of organic matter, or any other factor--no matter what caused the structural damage, this book will help you pinpoint it and, if necessary, suggest a remedy. With advice on all aspects of the process, from accepting the assignment to testifying compellingly, this book is your all-in-one guide to geotechnical and foundation investigations in forensic engineering.

    About the Author:

    Robert W. Day is a leading forensic engineer and the chief engineer at American Geotechnical in San Diego, California. The author of over 200 published technical papers, he serves on advisory committees for several professional associations, including ASCE, ASTM, and NCEES. He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in structural engineering from Villanova University and a master's in civil engineering and a civil engineer degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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