Avoiding Gross Errors in Concept, Planning, Design, and Detailing of Structures

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Title: Avoiding Gross Errors in Concept, Planning, Design, and Detailing of Structures

Author(s): A. Douma, Milo S. Ketchum, Frank A. Randall, Jr., M. Saeed Mirza, Lawrence E. Svab, C. Donald Johnsom, and Theodore G. Steimer

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 70

Issue: 10

Appears on pages(s): 687-691

Keywords: construction: detailing: engineering drawings: errors; failure: loads (forces): planning: prestressed concrete: reinforced concrete: safety; scheduling; structural analysis; structural design.

Date: 10/1/1973

Abstract:
This paper, written in conjunction with the work of ACI Committee 348, Structural Safety, presents some thoughts and guidelines on avoidance of gross errors, the major cause of failure of structures. It is recognized that these thoughts are not new and that many of them are equally applicable to the design and detailing of structures in materials other than reinforced or prestressed concrete. Furthermore, they are not complete, for only the design engineer, working on his specific project, can anticipate every possible danger flag.