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January 2018 Meeting – “Ask the Structure” : Diagnosing Structural Failures


THURSDAY January 18, 2018 at HESS (Houston Engineering and Scientific Society), 5430 Westheimer, Houston 77056. Tel: 713 627 2283

6:00 pm – Social
6:30 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Program

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“Ask the Structure” : Diagnosing Structural Failures

This presentation discusses common and not-so-common degradation mechanisms and related issues in reinforced concrete structures, and how investigative engineering utilizes fundamental principles to diagnose and resolve these issues. This presentation is geared for the structural engineer, the owner of the structure, and students desiring to learn more about investigative engineering. We will discuss particular tools within an engineer’s “evaluation and assessment toolbox”, including nondestructive evaluation, laboratory testing, and structural analysis. Finally, we will review some case studies where structural diagnostics included simple solutions, and a few that involved more rigorous approaches.

Joshua White is a structural engineering consultant at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), an interdisciplinary engineering, architecture, and materials science firm specializing in the evaluation, design, and rehabilitation of new and existing construction. His area of expertise is forensic investigation of various concrete, steel, and wood structures, including buildings, containment structures, equipment foundations, bridges, tunnels, and wharves. Mr. White specializes in the development and application of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) technologies, including but not limited to ultrasonics, radar, infrared, and multi-method approaches.

Mr. White has a B.S. degree in Physics from Abilene Christian University, an M.S. degree in civil engineering (emphasis in structural engineering) from Texas A&M University, and is currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT), American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the American Welding Society (AWS).