Type of Document Dissertation Author Dowgul, Ronald Walter Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-11162005-201443 Title Deficiency Analysis of Coastal Buildings For Storm Damage Reduction Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Nur Yazdani, P.E. Committee Chair Danuta Leszczynska Committee Member Kamal Tawfiq, P.E. Committee Member Mark Martinko Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2005-10-28 Availability unrestricted Abstract
Since 1984 the author has provided engineering services to property owners, insurance companies, attorneys, and others. The scope of those services typically included identifying the cause and origin of damage to residential and commercial structures as well as an estimation of the magnitude of damage sustained by those structures. The majority of those damaged structures were located in proximity to a coastal region and have experienced recent exposure to a storm or other weather event.
The long-term performance of any building (structure) is directly related to, among other things, the design or physical features of the building, construction practices, routine maintenance, and exposure to severe weather events. During periods of increased external loading and water exposure, such as those resulting from severe weather events, deficiencies in design, construction, or maintenance often result in what would otherwise be avoidable building damage. As a result of more than one thousand case studies involving site inspections, it has become apparent that building related deficiencies are often found to exist as a common feature in similar structures. Some of those recurring deficiencies could be eliminated with alternate building design, better construction practices, or proper routine maintenance procedures.
Compilation of those case studies has allowed identification and ranking of the occurrence of chronic building problems. Where applicable, proposed remedial solutions are presented for specific building deficiencies or problems identified.
It appears that a significant lack of feedback to engineers, architects, and builders exists regarding long term building performance. An increased awareness of existing chronic deficiencies in the design and construction of buildings and a subsequent effort to eliminate those deficiencies is essential to the future performance of new construction, in general, and specifically to the storm survivability of many structures in coastal regions.
Much of what has been learned as a result of this analysis can be of considerable value to professionals or future professionals involved in the building design and construction communities.
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