CASE STUDY #2
Professor: Barbara Smith Mishara
All information depends on:
1. The construction method
2. Material and the Structure Design reasonable?
3. The user of the structure
4. Required loads and capacities according to the DOB
5. Lawful redundancy for unexpected situation
In this case study, if I am investigating for the cause collapsed floor. I will first understand and clear the use of this type of the building and the maximum life load and redundancy according to DOB. I believe the responsibility can be complicated. For the contractor, the construction quality may not up to the standard that required by the DOB, cause the structure can not afford the load that is required to. Id the construction is assumed to be okay, then the contractor is not responsible. However, through the information , the owner did change the use of the room, the original structure may not be allowed the activities such like a party. Those activities apply too much life load exceed the maximum. Indeed, if the owner has changed the used of the building from original it should be without the permission from the DOB, then the owner has to take the responsibility.
Submitted by: Zhenhao Huang