Averting Disaster: How to Save a Collapsing Building
This presentation is a case study of how a partial collapse of a building was saved from becoming a disaster.
A disaster is the last link in a chain of events. This presentation is a case study of how a partial collapse of a building was saved from becoming a disaster. It contains a forensic analysis of the events leading up to the partial collapse, and shows how the first link in a chain of events for a building or aviation disaster can occur many years before the disaster actually happens. It includes an assessment of what to look for, and how a developing chain of events can be identified before it becomes a disaster. Chris is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer who has been dealing with damaged buildings since the 1970’s. This talk won The Institution of Structural Engineers Surrey Regional Group Peter Minett Award for the best talk of the 2018-2019 Season. In 2020 it won The Institution of Structural Engineers Sir Arnold Waters Medal.
Chris Shaw CEng FICE FIStructE FIET MCMI
The speaker is a Consultant Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer. He was elected as a Fellow of The Institution of Civil Engineers in 1994. He is also a Fellow of The Institution of Structural Engineers, a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.
He is a member of The Institution of Civil Engineers Structures Expert Panel, and one of their Continuing Professional Development auditors.
He devised the system for the correct placing of reinforcement in concrete, which was published as British Standard 7973 in 2001. He is responsible for the Standard, and has presented Papers on the subject at four international conferences to date.
He devised the system of differential incremental jacking for restoring walls, floors, and roofs back to their original positions, and has used this technique over many years. For his work on the restoration of a Grade II* Listed Structure at The Royal Castle and Palace at Guildford, (which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument), using this technique, he won The Institution of Structural Engineers Surrey Branch Award and Prize, and was nominated for The Institution of Structural Engineers Sir Arnold Waters Medal.
He continues to provide training to other construction professionals, and give talks to other organisations. He has studied the German W W 2 concrete fortifications in the Channel Islands for many years, and his presentation on the subject to La Société Guernesiaise in 2019 was oversubscribed.
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