Forensic Engineering: Informing the Future with Lessons from the Past

Edited by John Carpenter

Price: £ 136.00

ISBN: 9780727758224

Format: Hardbound

Publish Date: 06/09/2013

Publisher: ICE Publishing

Page Size: 234x156mm

Number of Pages: 488

Forensic Engineering: Informing the Future with Lessons from the Past


Forensic Engineering: Informing the Future with Lessons from the Past is the published proceedings from the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Fifth International Conference on Forensic Engineering, held in London on 16-17 April 2013.

The conference maintained a 150 year tradition pioneered by Telford, Brunel and Stephenson, where lessons learned from failures lead to the development of improved design, construction and management practice.

Managing assets is particularly important in a difficult economic climate and so understanding where things have gone wrong in the past is vital. The papers in this book focus on the investigation of the fundamental causes of failure during the life of buildings, tunnels, bridges and foundations, which is crucial for optimising the construction and management of the built environment to deliver a better and more sustainable infrastructure.

Case studies include:

• 2009 Cumbrian floods
• The Japanese tsunami and lessons learned from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake
• The rebuilding of Woolwich Arsenal Clock Tower
• The collapse of the 1-35 W Mississippi River Bridge.

With more than 40 contributors, spread across 16 countries and six continents, this is an essential text, providing valuable lessons for owners, managers, developers and all those seeking to learn from the past to best manage their assets.


Opening Plenary Papers
• Rewards of failure – Changes in codes, standards and practices resulting from structural failures
• Evolution of design and construction, guided by failures
• Learning from Structural Failure: The Challenges and Opportunities
• Forensic investigation and performance analysis for bridges under extreme natural hazards
• Investigation into highway bridge damage and failures during the November 2009 Cumbria flood event
• New York City 51st Street tower crane collapse investigation

Forensic Investigation Case Studies - Bridges
• Railway bridge failure during flood in the UK & Ireland: Learning from the past
• Tamar Bridge - Investigation of surfacing defects, design and specification
• Assessing the risk to railway structures from train impact
• Calculating collapse: Analytical approaches for investigating the cause of the I-35 West Bridge failure
• Assessment and repair of a fire-damaged pre-stressed concrete bridge
• The role of monitoring in diagnosis of bridge faults

Building Failures and Investigation
• Tsunami casualty mitigation through vertical evacuation buildings: a case study from the March 11th 2011 Tohoku earthquake
• Bond Street station upgrade: The replacement of escalator 1 and 2
Latent building facade failures
• Remote investigation of blast effects on buildings
• Food market northern from Montreal - Investigation after a failure of the roof under the snow load

Case Studies - Ground and below Ground Works
• Investigation of collapse of slurry trench in underground metro construction
• Failure cost analysis of 50 deep excavations in The Netherlands
• Impact of adjacent construction on existing pile foundations

Temporary Structures
• Bragg revisited: Keeping UK’s temporary works safe in the dawning Eurocode era
• Partial collapse of bridge falsework and salvage technique
• Dreamspace: dreams turned into nightmares, a case study

Education and Continuing Professional Development in Forensic Engineering
• Forensic engineering education workshops: U.S. and international experiences
• Implementation and assessment of failure case studies in the engineering curriculum
• Failure case databases for teaching risk in civil engineering
• Structural incidents in The Netherlands: A comparison of three databases

Legal, Contract and Learning
• Systemic analysis of risks in project management and safety issues
• All the world’s a stage - Reflections on a forensic engineering moot court experience
• The role of engineers in dispute resolution and litigation
• The ‘‘Standard of Care’’ and negligence of the forensic engineer
• Expert witness training - the Practitioner’s Viewpoint
• Forensic engineering applied to contract management in the construction industry
• Prevention is better - how insurers try to reduce failures
• Appropriateness of Current Regulatory Requirements for Ensuring the Robustness of Precast Building Typologies

Materials Failures and Investigation
• Lessons learned from structures damaged by delayed ettringite formation and the French prevention strategy
• Concrete Preservation Plan for Reinforced Concrete University Campus Buildings
• Gorey Pierhead Jersey, Investigations and assessment of current structural integrity
• Investigation of the Electrostatic Precipitator Hoppers Detachment Incident at a coal fired power station in Hong Kong

Closing Plenary Papers
• Post-Tensioned Structures – Improved Standards Based On Lessons Learnt
• Learning from confidential reporting
• Rebuilding Woolwich Arsenal Clock Tower

Author Index