“During construction, pieces are still coming together, so there is definitely some vulnerability,” says John Schuring, in response to the parking deck collapse in Atlantic City. “Also, the loading on the structure is unpredictable during construction.” A multi-story structure such as a parking deck also relies on the strength of concrete cured just days earlier. “Sometimes,” he adds, those strengths may be overestimated because the concrete is not fully cured.”
WHO: John Schuring, Ph.D., professor of civil engineering and chairman of that department at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has an expertise in structural design. The New York Times used him as a source to explain why and how the World Trade Centers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001.
WHERE: Schuring is available by phone today. Call Robert Florida at (973) 596-5203 to reach him.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 31
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