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Issues Facing Design Professionals through the Lens of Two Rain-Induced Roof Collapses
7th ASCE Forensic Engineering Congress Proceedings: November 15-18, 2015 Miami, FL.
  • J. W. Lawson, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • M. E. Parolini, Smith Structural Group
Publication Date
11-15-2015
Abstract

The drainage of low-sloped roof systems involves multiple design professionals, and often each has a different opinion as to their design responsibility. Roofing issues have been identified as being a number one source of litigation, and rain-induced roof collapses continue to occur with alarming frequency. With the backdrop of several rain-induced roof collapses, this paper illustrates the complexity of assigning design responsibility for drainage systems; and investigates a variety of outcomes associated with the current building code provisions transporting rainwater from large low-sloped roof structures.

Citation Information
J. W. Lawson and M. E. Parolini. "Issues Facing Design Professionals through the Lens of Two Rain-Induced Roof Collapses" 7th ASCE Forensic Engineering Congress Proceedings: November 15-18, 2015 Miami, FL. (2015) p. 337 - 348
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jwlawson/26/