Assessment and Evaluation of Existing Structures by Means of In-Situ Load Testing and Structural Monitoring [Editorial]

August 30, 2008
Publication: Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities - ASCE v 22 n 4 p 195-196
Author(s): Gustavo Tumialan

The primary goals of any structural investigation are to establish the existing condition of the structure; identify issues affecting the structural performance; and develop and implement any remedial actions required.  When conducting a structural investigation, engineers proceed much like medical doctors do in treating patients.  Physicians review clinical histories, make observations, conduct examinations, and analyze test results to arrive at a diagnosis and establish treatment.   Engineers perform similar tasks to determine the health of our “patients” of concrete, steel, wood or masonry.   We also “review clinical histories” by examining construction documents and interviewing owners and facilities personnel; “observe the patient and conduct physical examinations” by performing walk-through inspections, probing and sampling; “analyze test results” by evaluating results of in-situ tests and materials testing, performing structural analyses; and, finally, “recommend a treatment” by formulating a set of remedial actions and their implementation.