Reston, Va. –The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) new publication, Failure Case Studies: Steel Structures provides case studies of failures observed in steel structures between 1970 and 2013. Findings from eight steel structure failure investigations and a valuable collection of references are supplied. Designed to promote learning from failures by disseminating information regarding previous failure cases, each case study is comprised of a summary description of a documented civil engineering failure followed by lessons learned from the failure and references for further study.

Engineering professors and students can use these case studies as the basis for class discussions, a starting point for further research and a reminder that learning from past failures can avoid similar failures in the future and lead to improved engineering practices.

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