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Structural Failures and Forensic Engineering 2008 Fatal NYC Tower Crane Collapse - A Case Study

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Description

Following the collapse of an external self-climbing tower crane in New York City, on March 15, 2008, Ove Arup & Partners, PC (Arup) was hired by the New York City Department of Buildings (NYCDOB) to provide engineering and investigative services. The collapse resulted in seven fatalities and multiple injuries, and damage to adjacent buildings. The resulting trials were for both civil and criminal charges. The investigation included safety issues, materials science, code compliance, structural engineering design, and means and methods. The presentation is a synopsis of the event, investigation, and results.

  • Course will award 1.0 hours of continuing education
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Contributors

  • James Cohen, P.E.

    James Cohen offers over 40 years experience in forensic engineering involving failure investigation, insurance claims, property damage, personal injury, disaster mitigation and response. He has provided expert testimony in numerous collapse and other litigation projects involving multiple hazards, demolition, damage from adjacent construction, and construction means and methods, in local, state and federal courts. He has also appeared as an expert on construction failures for MSNBC. Mr. Cohen was recipient of the Partner In Mitigation fellowship sponsored by ASCE and IBHS to FEMA and is a former Advanced Structures Specialist on the New Jersey USAR team, Structures Specialist on the Pennsylvania USAR, and was a first responder for both during the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Center. He has given lectures on failure investigation, emergency response and other topics at various professional organizations and universities and is active in numerous organizations. 

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March 16, 2023
Thu 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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