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Construction Failure, 2nd Edition



Construction Failure, 2nd Edition

Jacob Feld, Kenneth L. Carper

ISBN: 978-0-471-57477-4 December 1996 528 Pages

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First published in 1968, Jacob Feld's Construction Failure has longbeen considered the classic text on the subject. Retaining all ofthe key components of Feld's comprehensive exploration of the rootcauses of failure, this Second Edition addresses a multitude ofimportant industry developments to bring this landmark work up todate for a new generation of engineers, architects, andstudents.

In addition to detailed coverage of current design tools,techniques, materials, and construction methods, ConstructionFailure, Second Edition features an entire chapter on theburgeoning area of construction litigation, including a thoroughexamination of alternative dispute resolution techniques. Like theoriginal, this edition discusses technical and procedural failuresof many different types of structures, but is now supplemented withnew case studies to illustrate the dynamics of failure in actiontoday.

Jacob Feld knew thirty years ago that in order to learn from ourmistakes, we must first acknowledge and understand them. With thisrevised volume, Kenneth Carper has ensured that Feld'snow-posthumous message will continue to be heard for years tocome.

Jacob Feld's comprehensive work on failure analysis has now beenskillfully amended to address current design and constructiontools, materials, and practices. Building on the first edition'speerless examination of the causes and lessons of failure,Construction Failure, Second Edition provides you with expandedcoverage of:
* Technical, procedural, structural, and nonstructural failures
* Natural hazards, earthworks, soil and foundation problems, andmore
* Reinforced, precast and prestressed concrete, steel, timber,masonry, and other materials
* Responsibility and litigation concerns, dispute avoidance, andalternative dispute resolution techniques
* Construction safety issues
* Many different types of structures, including dams andbridges

Construction Failure has as much to teach us today as it did thirtyyears ago. This revised volume is an essential resource for designengineers, architects, construction managers, lawyers, and studentsin all of these fields.
Failures: Causes, Costs, and Benefits.

Natural Hazards and Unusual Loads: Effect on the BuiltEnvironment.

Earthworks, Soil, and Foundations Problems.

Dams and Bridges.

Timber Structures.

Steel Structures.

Reinforced Concrete Structures (Cast-in-Place).

Precast and Prestressed Concrete Structures.

Masonry Structures.

Nonstructural Failures.

Construction Safety and Failures during Construction.

Responsibility for Failures: Litigation and ADR Techniques.

Learning from Failures.

  • New forms of construction.
  • Coverage of the impact of escalating construction litigation.
  • Case studies to illustrate the principles in the previous edition.
  • 80% new material.
  • Discusses the concepts behind failure analysis, and the root causes of failure.
  • Demonstrates how to improve practice as a result of learning from failure.