Anatomy of a Collapse

April 29, 2013
Publication: Civil Engineering - ASCE v 83, n 4, p 66-71
Author(s): Trautner, Christopher Rasko Ojdrovic Schafer, Benjamin W. Jones, Nicholas P.

Abstract: In May 2009, a practice facility used by the Dallas Cowboys collapsed during a storm that had wind speeds less severe than the nominal wind speed for which the structure was designed. An investigation of the collapse detailed several design errors that probably led to the failure of the large, fabric-covered steel structure. This article is based on a paper presented at the 2012 Forensic Engineering Conference.