Learning from Structural Problems to Avoid Damage, Disappointment, and Distress
Michael W. Lee, P.E.
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
This presentation will review the author’s experience with investigating problems that have occurred with structural components or systems, including damage to building finishes and other systems that are affected by the performance of the structure. Results of a historical research into past investigations will be presented. The research was conducted to determine if certain design features, project delivery system, or other factors are at greatest risk for causing problems during the life of the structure. Case histories will be discussed to illustrate how small details can mean the difference between success and disappointment, and show how codes have changed to avoid repeat occurrences. The aim of this presentation is to motivate project team members to keep vigilant in the daily performance of services.
Michael W. Lee, P.E., is a structural engineer with 35 years of experience in the design and analysis of buildings and other structures. He has a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and M.S. in Structural Engineering, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Lee is a Principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Assoc., Inc. (WJE) where his work focuses on structural investigations and remediation. Prior to joining WJE in 1994, he practiced as a design engineer with W.E. Simpson in San Antonio and Gunnin-Campbell Consulting Engineers in Dallas. He is an active member of ACI Committees 117, 437, and 440; the PCI Parking Garage Committee; and other industry organizations. Mr. Lee has also served SEAoT as President of the Dallas Chapter and Board Member of the State Organization.