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Role of nondestructive evaluation in an infrastructure
Author(s): Charles J. Hellier
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Paper Abstract

There is no doubt that our aging or inadequate infrastructure is in trouble. Since engineers believe that we're dealing with 'a series of accidents just waiting to happen,' significant failures in the past support this theory. The Hartford Civic Center, the Kansas City Hyatt Regency, and the Mianus River Bridge are just a few examples of past failures that were all unexpected. These and other catastrophic failures confirm the problems that exist in our infrastructure due to poor design, deterioration, lack of inspection, overloading, inadequate maintenance, and the 'low-bid' syndrome. Finding and correcting all the problems amy be an impossible task, but through the use of current nondestructive evaluation methodology, the risks of failure can be minimized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2457, Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Structures and Dams, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209399
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Charles J. Hellier, Hellier Associates, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2457:
Nondestructive Evaluation of Aging Structures and Dams
Soheil Nazarian; Larry D. Olson, Editor(s)

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