Looking for the “Why” in Structural Failures

Looking for the “Why” in Structural Failures

When members of the general public hear the term “structural failure,” their minds typically venture to the most catastrophic type: collapse. It is important to recognize that structural failures come in various shapes and sizes, all of which negatively impact the owners, operators, and users of the failed systems. No matter the severity, investigating structural failures is often necessary to facilitate insurance claims, litigation, or repair. However, beyond identifying likely causes, the importance of learning from these failures cannot be overemphasized. In this webinar, we will define common types and causes of structural failure, then use a series of failure investigation case studies to help increase awareness and decrease the risk of future failures.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define the most common types of structural system failures.
  • Identify common causes of structural failures and recognize that more than one often contributes.
  • Realize the importance of understanding structural behavior when investigating failures.
  • Discuss approaches and tools for conducting a structural failure investigation.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Daniel  Cook
Daniel Cook | Associate Principal

Daniel Cook specializes in structural investigation, having executed performance and condition assessments for various types of structures, contemporary and historic. His diverse experience also includes repairing and rehabilitating existing structures, new structural design, construction engineering, and demolition planning. Daniel is passionate about contributing his knowledge to the industry and future engineers and stays active through various professional organizations and teaching opportunities. He is a current board member and a Past-President of the ASCE Construction Institute (CI) at the national level. He is also a Past-Chair of the Boston Chapter of CI, a regular guest lecturer at Lehigh University, and a former Adjunct Faculty member at Wentworth Institute of Technology.