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During the week of 18–23 July 1976, an Engineering Foundation Conference on Full-Scale Structural Testing was held at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, N.H. It was organized by members of the joint American Society of Civil Engineers' Research Council of Performance of Structures/American Society for Testing and Materials Committee E06 on Performance of Building Constructions (ASCE's RCPS)/ASTM (E06) Committee for Developing a Guide to Professional Practice for Load Tests of Buildings. The conference was partly intended to provide further input for the development of this guide. Many facets of testing of structures were covered during the conference. This included historic aspects of buildings and structures, proof testing of structures including nuclear power plant containment, and existing opportunities for full-scale structural testing. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the conference and to present conclusions pertinent to the subject symposium and as a possible input to the Guide to Professional Practice.
buildings, distressed structures, full-scale testing, load testing, structural investigations, structures
Engineering advisor, IIT Research Institute, Chicago, Ill.
Head, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa,