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Re: Apartment Building Collapse

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A sudden failure of this sort?
It sounds like it could be caused by an unforseeable factor (or I suppose
material degeneration)
Is there any more information available somewhere?
This building collapse has definately piqued my interest.


Craig Slama, PEng
Structural Engineer
Tectonic Engineering Consultants

----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Feather" <pfeather(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 3:40 PM
Subject: Re: Apartment Building Collapse

> > >If the designer was a youngster when he designed it and with 76 years
> > >passing since it was built, the designer probably doesn't have to worry
> much
> > >about the liability  :<)
> > >Regards,
> > >Bill Cain  S.E.
> > >Oakland CA
> > >
> I figured this one was coming, but let's add another scenario to the
> discussion.  A few weeks back there was an article on a building in the
> Newport Harbor area that was partly on land and partly over the water on
> piers.  After 27 useful years of service the building piers sank over a 24
> hour period creating a 30 plus degree list into the harbor.  Building is
> currently declared unsafe but I have not heard any further information.
> How do you view a failure like this after 27 years?
> Paul Feather