The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 61 (1983) > Issues > Issue 5 > The Appraisal of Existing Structures
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The Appraisal of Existing Structures

By definition, a structural appraisal is concerned with establishing the strength of an existing structure and reporting on its safety and its fitness for a given purpose. Such an appraisal may become necessary for one or more of the following reasons: -The owner is contemplating a change of use for the structure. -The structure has suffered accidental damage due to fire, impact, or other forces. -The structure shows signs of distress under normal usage. -Deterioration of certain elements is suspected due to age, service conditions, or inadequate maintenance. -A report on structural adequacy and future safety and serviceability is required by a prospective purchaser, insurance company, or other interested body. Gerald McDonnell