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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.
brick, concrete (masonry unit), claim, evidence, failure, forensic, inspection, masonry, mortar, pavement, reports, research, standards, stone, tests, wall
Consulting Architectural Engineer and Senior Lecturer in Architectural Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, Tex.