Thursday, July 29

Structural engineering

Building Collapse, Engineering, Florida, Science, Structural engineering

3 structural engineers explain why a building like the Surfside, Florida condo might suddenly collapse

At least 20 people are dead and 120 are missing after the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida abruptly collapsed last week. As rescuers continue to search for buried victims, investigators have started sifting through building records, videos, and physical wreckage to determine what, precisely, caused the structure to fall. While it's extremely uncommon for a building to collapse in the absence of a natural disaster like an earthquake or hurricane, there are a handful of reasons why it could happen, three structural engineers told Insider.Some of the most likely causes include poor maintenance or overloading part of a structure with too much weight. Buildings are designed to hold up to twice as much load a...
building safety, miami building collapse, News UK, Structural engineering

The collapsed Miami condo had regular floods in the basement garage which could’ve seriously damaged it, reports say

The basement garage of the collapsed Miami-area building regularly flooded, multiple people said. Residents, a contractor and maintenance worker noted that standing water was a persistent issue. It could have been a factor leading to the collapse of the building, one expert said. LoadingSomething is loading. ...