Forensic investigation methodology for structures experiencing settlement

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
46..pdf218.44 kBAdobe PDFDownload
Title: Forensic investigation methodology for structures experiencing settlement
Authors: Laefer, Debra F.
Evans, Ashley
Frazier, Jon
Permanent link:
Date: 2006
Abstract: The progressive settlement of a plantation in North Carolina is explored through a post-damage inspection. If a building is experiencing settlement or other deleterious movement, the underlying causes must be established to prevent further damage and ensure effective repair. This article outlines a methodology for the forensic investigation of historic structures experiencing what may appear to be structural distress and provides a case history exemplifying the effectiveness of the proposed method for establishing settlement-related movements. Through simple and straightforward engineering principles, a logical and methodical approach can be applied to determine contributing factors to historic-building distress. Key elements of this method include documentation of the history of architectural damage and apparent distress, consideration of initial and existing structural loading capacity (including both the structural system and specific materials), exploration of soil conditions, and investigation of groundwater factors.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Association for Preservation Technology International (APT)
Journal: APT Bulletin
Volume: 37
Issue: 2-3
Start page: 23
End page: 31
Copyright (published version): 2006, Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) 2006
Keywords: Post-damage inspectionSettlementHistoric structuresStructural distress
Subject LCSH: Settlement of structures--North Carolina
Structural analysis (Engineering)
Historic buildings--North Carolina
Somerset Plantation (S.C.)
Other versions:
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Urban Institute Ireland Research Collection
Critical Infrastructure Group Research Collection
Civil Engineering Research Collection

Show full item record

Google ScholarTM


This item is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland. No item may be reproduced for commercial purposes. For other possible restrictions on use please refer to the publisher's URL where this is made available, or to notes contained in the item itself. Other terms may apply.