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Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook (Mechanical Engineering)

Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook (Mechanical Engineering)

Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook (Mechanical Engineering)
By Robert Ratay

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Book Description

The Most Complete and Up-to-Date Resource on Forensic Structural Engineering

Thoroughly revised and featuring contributions from leading experts, this definitive handbook offers comprehensive treatment of forensic structural engineering and expert witness delivery. From exploring the possible origins of errors, through investigating and analyzing failures, to working with the legal profession for assigning responsibilities, Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook, Second Edition covers every important topic in the field.

  • The design and construction process
  • Design and construction safety codes, standards, and regulations
  • Standard of care and duty to perform
  • First steps and legal concerns after a failure
  • Engineering investigation of failures
  • Origins and causes of failures
  • Loads and hazards
  • Design errors, construction defects, and project miscommunication
  • Defects, deterioration, and durability
  • Mechanisms and analyses of failures in steel, concrete, masonry, timber, and temporary structures; building envelope; and structural foundations
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • The expert consultant and witness


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1018255 in Books
  • Published on: 2009-12-07
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.30" h x 1.62" w x 6.30" l, 2.35 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 688 pages

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From the Back Cover
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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