The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 56 (1978) > Issues > Issue 2 > Problems of Assessing Existing Buildings for Strength
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Problems of Assessing Existing Buildings for Strength

A distinction is drawn between the assessment of a building which shows evidence of inadequacy and one in which a change of use is intended. Matters are suggested which should be considered in an investigation and comment is offered on where load testing may be inappropriate. Attention is drawn to the distincfion between the design of a new building and the assessment for strength of an existing one and to the need to be satisfied on adequacy for purpose rather than to conformity Codes. Finally importance is placed on the need for engineering judgement to give due weight to significant but not readily quantified factors. D.F. Evans