Damages occur and structures sometimes collapse. When this happens, it is essential that a professional engineer is summoned to inspect the structure and surrounding area. Original plans, repairs made, conditions including weather must all be considered along with a host of other factors immediately in order to properly conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the failure.
Structural failure investigation or failure analysis is the study of the factors that contribute to the cause of construction defects. This type of study evaluates whether a given structure is fit for human use. Examples of the items that are usually investigated include the condition of the soil, design error, and vibration elements.
Structural integrity and failure is an aspect of engineering which deals with the ability of a structure to support a designed load (weight, force, etc…) without breaking, tearing apart, or collapsing, and includes the study of breakage that has previously occurred in order to prevent failures in future designs.
Structural integrity is the term used for the performance characteristic applied to a component, a single structure, or a structure consisting of different components. Structural integrity is the ability of an item to hold together under a load, including its own weight, resisting breakage or bending. It assures that the construction will perform its designed function, during reasonable use, for as long as the designed life of the structure. Items are constructed with structural integrity to ensure that catastrophic failure does not occur, which can result in injuries, severe damage, death, and/or monetary losses.
Structural Repair Analysis
Structural Repair Analysis is the process of assessing on how construction damages and faults can be fixed. Through the process of the analysis, it is easy to determine and quantify materials that will be needed for repair.
Litigation Support refers to the activities that provide assistance when it comes to matters involving the existing litigation. It primarily deals with issues that are associated with the quantification of damages. Examples of these activities include document review and interviewing of witnesses.