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Civil and Environmental Engineering
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.
Blanchard, Ryan L., "An Investigation and Analysis of the 2021 Surfside Condo Collapse" (2022). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 2957.