Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Civil Engineering


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Major Professor

Norma Mattei

Second Advisor

Engin Egeseli

Third Advisor

Satish Bastola


A central mission of civil engineering is to create safe structures to prevent the loss of life and property. The most effective tool in this effort is the development and standardization of codes to govern best practices, material specifications, and safe minimums and assumptions. While much of this is done through thorough testing and research, many lessons are learned the hard way. Historically, major disasters and failures have brought about new standards and changes to ensure that history is not repeated. On June 24th, 2021, 98 people lost their lives when Champlain Towers South, a 12-story condominium in Surfside, Florida, suddenly collapsed in the night. There are lessons to be learned in this tragedy. This investigation and analysis seek to find them.


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