Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook

9780071589468: Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook

Begin a lucrative career as a forensic structural engineer Looking into the causes of structural deficiencies and failures of buildings, bridges, and other constructed facilities, rendering opinions, and testifying in judicial proceedings, has become a field of professional practice all its own. Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook, edited by Robert T. Ratay, tells you how to become proficient in this area, providing you with procedures, lists of what to watch out for, how to deal with clients, and more. In this only comprehensive guide to the subject, well-known experts explain everything you need to know, from design and construction codes, standards and regulations and technical and legal steps, to engineering analysis of structural defects and failures in steel, concrete, timber and masonry structures, stone and precast cladding, foundations and retaining walls, and temporary structures.

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The investigation of structural/construction failures is a segment of engineering that has come into its own. Yet no book has delivered day-to-day, practical guidance on how to practice forensic engineering until now. Contributed by leading experts in the field, and edited by Robert T. Ratay, Ph.D., P.E., noted structural engineering educator and consultant, this definitive handbook is a comprehensive treatment of the subject of forensic structural engineering and expert witnessing. Page after page, it supplies all the information you need to launch, expand, and enhance a career in forensic structural engineering. From exploring the possible origins of errors, through investigating and analyzing failures, to working with the legal profession for assigning responsibilities, the Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook thoroughly covers every important topic in the field. Look inside for expert guidance on: the design-construction process; entering the forensic structural engineering profession; conducting failure investigations; design and construction codes, standards, regulations, and practices; standard of care; nature and consequences of loads and hazards; critical characteristics of, and common faults and failures in, steel, concrete, masonry, timber, and temporary structures, building cladding, foundations and retaining walls, and more; working with attorneys, rendering opinions, and giving testimony in judicial proceedings; assisting in resolution of claims; and client relations and professional development. Whether you're a structural, geotechnical, civil, or construction engineer, contractor, attorney, insurance or other professional, this sourcebook is where a successful career in forensic engineering begins.

About the Author:

Robert Ratay is an acknowledged expert in forensic structural engineering, and has an active consulting practice in that field. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where he has been teaching the graduate course of Forensic Structural Engineering which he created and developed some years ago, and for which the Handbook of Forensic Structural Engineering is the standard textbook. Ratay has lectured at conferences and seminars in the U.S. and abroad and published in U.S. and international journals on forensic structural engineering.

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