A Newsletter from CROSS-AUS containing reports on structural safety issues.
Note: this Newsletter was published by CROSS (Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety). Since March 2021, Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety is renamed Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS).
Maintenance of multi-storey buildings
A correspondent notes that the issues currently affecting several high-rise buildings in Australia are inevitably focused on design, construction, and certification; whereas there are other issues relating to ongoing inspection, maintenance, and (ultimately) demolition which seem to have been ignored.
Light steel truss issues
A reporter believes that greater awareness is needed of deficiencies in the light steel truss industry (trusses made from cold-formed steel sections).
Sliding glass door - two-part subhead failure
Called to inspect the failure of a glazed sliding door system a correspondent noted that the system comprised a two-part subhead, which includes a removable bead that relies on a bearing of only a few millimetres.
Near miss when modifying brickwork
A reporter’s experience of creating a new door opening in an existing brick wall on the first floor of an old building is not always as simple as it would appear.
Dislodged finger plate on highway bridge
A correspondent received a report about a 1.5m long section of a steel finger plate expansion joint on a highway bridge that had been inadequately fixed and became dislodged.
Design and erection of prefabricated (precast) concrete
A correspondent considers that there should always be an experienced temporary works designer for prefabricated concrete structures as many structural engineers do not consider the erection methodology when designing such structures.
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