Print Email Facebook Twitter Structural unsafety revealed by failure databases Title Structural unsafety revealed by failure databases Author Terwel, K. Boot, W. Nelisse, M. Publication year 2014 Abstract After several major structural incidents in the Netherlands, such as the collapse of five balconies in Maastricht in 2001 resulting in two fatalities, various initiatives have been started to improve structural safety. Research studies were initiated on the characteristics, causes and consequences of structural incidents. In this paper the results of three of these research studies are compared. Each study uses different data sources: a confidential reporting system called ABC registration, Dutch arbitration awards on functional and structural failures and a study of structural incidents mentioned in a newspaper for the building industry, called Cobouw. A comparison of the results shows variations due to the type of sources used. However, general patterns have been derived from the three studies. The cause of structural failure on average was approximately 35% in the design phase, approximately 30% in the construction phase and approximately 10% in the use and maintenance phase. This paper shows that contrasting and combining results of different sources has improved the overview of structural incidents and has provided an insight into trends. Subject Building Engineering & Civil EngineeringSR - Structural ReliabilityTS - Technical SciencesBuildings and InfrastructureArchitectureBuilt EnvironmentFailuresRisk & probability analysisSafety & hazardsConstruction industryFailure (mechanical)Fracture mechanicsRisk assessmentStructural integrityBuilding industryConstruction phaseGeneral patternsProbability analysisReporting systemsResearch studiesStructural failureStructural safetySafety engineering To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:cfd21cc1-c5da-433c-a117-01f29a042476 DOI https://doi.org/10.1680/feng.13.00019 TNO identifier 492995 Publisher Thomas Telford Services Ltd ISSN 2043-9911 Source Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Forensic Engineering, 167 (1), 16-26 Document type conference paper Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.