Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
1 November 2016
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The Institution of Structural Engineers' Health and Safety Panel
This article provides a brief summary of the impact of the most common forms of degradation on the safety of structures. This is illustrated by examples of where deterioration has caused collapse.
The article ends with a discussion of what structural engineers can do to minimise the risks of deterioration in new structures and the implications for the assessment of degraded structures.
The deconstruction of unwanted buildings and the subsequent reuse of salvaged timber elements is a growing practice in North America. Based on information collected during his 2015–16 Pai Lin Li Travel Award trip to Detroit and the Great Lakes region of North America, Dan Bergsagel contrasts current deconstruction practices and wood reuse practices in the USA and UK, and presents recommendations on how they can be encouraged in the UK.
All the articles published in the November 2016 issue.
In the second part of the series, John Carpenter examines the impact of CDM 2015 and temporary works on permanent works design.