Engineer Probing Champlain Towers Debacle Eyes Possibility of Three Successive Collapses

Construction workers outside with pick in ground

Computer model being prepped of remaining unstable structure will aid rescuers in advance of a hurricane.

July 5, 2021
Nadine M. Post - Engineering News-Record

Though the trigger may remain a mystery for some time, by the end of the week, the structural engineer probing the partial progressive collapse of a 40-year-old Surfside, Fla., residential condominium expects to complete a computer model of the unstable, 12-story remains of the building. The computer model of the still-standing wing of Champlain Towers South will initially be used to alert the search and rescue team to suspend operations if a hurricane is coming.

Reprinted courtesy of Nadine M. Post, Engineering News-Record

Ms. Post may be contacted at postn@enr.com

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