Before the partial collapse of the tower block, Ronan Point, there was a general belief that buildings failed mainly as a consequence of natural disaster or unavoidable long-term decay. Since then, many modern buildings have either partially failed, or have suffered rapid deterioration, as a result of design and/or construction mistakes which could have been avoided. Some structures have collapsed. With the exception of a few industrial processes, the performance requirements of buildings are well understood. Furthermore, there is no lack of conventionally trained professional staff and there exists an active programme of research and development. Nevertheless, there is an increasing number of failures in modern construction and it would seem prudent to identify the causes of these failures and to minimise them.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings - Advances in Reliability Technology Symposium|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings - 9th Advances in Reliability Technology Symposium: ARTS 86.; Bradford, England|
|Pages||B3. 2. 1-B3. 2. 6|
|Publication status||Published - 1986|