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Three-dimensional IT Iryvestigation Of Seismic Distress In A Large Existing Structure And Development Of Remedial Measures

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ERES010431

Volume

57

Pages

16

Published

2001

Size

1,988 kb

Author(s)

J.A. O'Kon

Abstract

Three-dimensional IT investigation of seismic distress in a large existing structure and development of remedial measures J.A. O'Kon O'Kon Division, The RBA Group, Atlanta, Georgia, USA Abstract This paper will describe a narrative and graphic overview of the unique forensic engineering methodologies utilized to resolve a critical structural distress scenario in a large hospital located on the island of Puerto Rico and will delineate the historic background and events leading to the detection and identification of structural weaknesses in this 85000 M^ high rise structural steel hospital and the creative solutions to harden the structure against seismic forces; and prevent a potential catastrophic disruption of strategic healthcare. It was imperative to develop an expeditious forensic investigation that would quantify the extent of distress, and develop remedial measures required to "harden" the structure to resist high seismic forces generated by slipping of the Caribbe

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