STP778

    Masonry Failure Investigations

    Published: Jan 1982


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    Abstract

    Masonry failure is inadequate performance of masonry. The purposes of a masonry failure investigation are to avoid greater failure, provide a basis for recommended remedial action, and settle a claim by negotiation, arbitration, administrative hearing, or litigation. Causes of failures, twelve aspects of investigation, and qualifications of the investigator are described. Initial problem definition, three types of site visits, inspection equipment needs, laboratory and field testing, interviews with construction craftsmen, document discovery, literature search, and research are discussed. Attributes of an expert witness are enumerated.

    Keywords:

    brick, concrete (masonry unit), claim, evidence, failure, forensic, inspection, masonry, mortar, pavement, reports, research, standards, stone, tests, wall


    Author Information:

    Grimm, CT
    Consulting Architectural Engineer and Senior Lecturer in Architectural Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, Tex.


    Paper ID: STP30126S

    Committee/Subcommittee: C15.04

    DOI: 10.1520/STP30126S


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