Structures & Foundations

Structural and foundational failures are generally the result of a loss of the load-carrying capacity of a component or member of the structure or foundation.   Many factors may be related to a structural or foundational failure.  Investigation procedures used in structural and foundational failure analysis include reverse engineering, witness statements evaluation, and use of a working knowledge of current and historical construction practices and standards.  The typical starting point is an examination of the failed components that were involved in the failure.   One of the primary goals of structural failure analysis is to investigatively connect the external evidence with the internal forces and stresses that would be needed to have caused the resultant damage to the structure.   A part of this analysis is assessing whether such forces should have been available at the failure site.  Then since they were present and the failure did occur, what was the origin of those forces and circumstances and who were the individuals that contributed causative actions that led to the failure.  Whether at a construction site or historical edifice, WHA engineers have the education, experience and aptitude to complete a thorough investigation of structural and foundational failures and to formulate scientific opinions as to the cause of the failure.