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Contributor List; Preface; Suggestions to the Instructor; Part 1: Design and Construction Practices; Chapter 1. Design-Construction Process; Chapter 2. Design Codes and Standards; Chapter 3. Construction Safety Codes, Standards and Regulations; Chapter 4. Standard of Care; Part 2: Engineering Response to Failures; Chapter 5. The First Steps after a Failure; Chapter 6. The Engineering Investigation Process; Part 3: Causes of Failures; Chapter 7. Loads and Hazards: Their Nature, Magnitude, and Consequences; Chapter 8. Design Errors, Construction Defects, and Project Miscommunication; Chapter 9. Defects, Deterioration, and Durability; Chapter 10. Temporary Structures in Construction; Part 4: Material-Specific Forensic Analyses; Chapter 11. Steel Structures; Chapter 12. Concrete Structures; Chapter 13. Masonry Structures; Chapter 14. Timber Structures; Chapter 15. Building Facades; Chapter 16. Foundations; Part 5: Professional Practice and Legal Aspects; Chapter 17. Legal Concerns after a Failure; Chapter 18. Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Chapter 19. The Expert Consultant and Witness; Index
Robert Ratay is an acknowledged expert in forensic structural engineering, and has an active consulting practice in that field. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where he has been teaching the graduate course of Forensic Structural Engineering which he created and developed some years ago, and for which the Handbook of Forensic Structural Engineering is the standard textbook. Ratay has lectured at conferences and seminars in the U.S. and abroad and published in U.S. and international journals on forensic structural engineering.