Structural engineer explains what he saw in condo collapse footage 1

Structural engineer explains what he saw in condo collapse footage

 

CNN's Michael Smerconish speaks to structural engineer Matthys Levy about the deadly condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, and the structural field survey report from nearly three years ago that raised concerns about structural damage to the concrete slab below the pool deck. The report from October 2018 was included in a series of public records documents that were published overnight on the Surfside town website.
This is a new version of a previously uploaded video that contains this update: The 2018 report, which didn’t give any indication that the structure was at risk of collapse, was completed by Frank Morabito, who had no comment when reached on Friday.

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    1. PLEASE CORRECT the host’s pronunciation of “subsidence”, which is based on the verb “subside”. The host twice pronounced “sub – sist – ence”; then requested the engineer explain the term.

    2. Joe and “huntin” took time off from abusing st georges daughter to direct energy attack this building. Best president ever

  1. Presently evidence is supported by his evaluation. However, it goes much further. The entire Sand Bar appendage has begun to relinquish itself back to the waters of geological history.

    1. yeah a bunch of shady developers built on a sand bar.. they saved a few bucks by not building it correctly. paid off a bunch of REPUBLICAN pols and then the trump voting florida owners didnt want to maintain the building.

    2. @Peter Piper
      Go away troll. This isn’t about politics, and you know nothing about the owners or how they vote.

  2. So leakage from the cracked pool softened the substrate layer, there was soil/clay subsidence, a foundation slab footing failure, cascading yield point slippage with associated mass loads losing distributed support at structural fastenings/anchorings and so forth. Should have been acted upon when the engineers report came in.

    1. @Peter Morhead the deck area of the pool and the underground parking had water drainage issues. The pool was holding water according to another report from former maintenance supervisor…

    2. I was part of a teak working on a cracked pool. The water had created a sinkhole under the pool. Between the sinkhole and pool ran an old sewer line which failed and became full of debris. The sinkhole became so large that you could walk into it as the Engineers did to inspect. We had to evacuate the adjoining building. Crazy.

    3. So basically what your’re saying is that they didn’t even have a basic pool inspection done, am I right?

    4. salty air from the ocean eats exposed steel. rebar is steel. the concrete was crumbling n the rebar was exposed.

  3. “The pool slab is continuous under the building, so if there was leakage that took place–and in all likelihood did take place–and caused structural damage to the building itself, that could have been the *proximate cause* of the collapse.”
    –Structural engineer Matthys Levy demonstrates that he has experience as an expert witness in court, hence the phrase *proximate cause*

    1. That is why I am scratching my head with the rush to create basement pools in London. Why does anybody want to introduce tons of water underneath their house?

  4. This needs to be included in the infrastructure bill all buildings over a certain age should be inspected.Washington is playing politics with our lives if we saw some of the bridges we drive over most people would stop driving.The rail system is in horse and buggy mode compared to Japan,France and many other countries.We are to busy voting along party lines instead of supporting who is right.We haven’t seen nothing yet here in America.God have mercy on us.

    1. Dc has had trillions for infrastructure for the last 4 administrations. Where are the roads and bridges from that money?

      Its not up to dc to deal with this

    2. @YTPartyTonight You basically lay out that its the GOP, and “conservative D’s” that wont support infrastructure. Then go on to blame “Biden and the MSM” for nothing getting done? {facepalm}

  5. It really simple. Building a high rise building near water have it own issues but, the real cause is they are too CHEAP to pay the maintenance cost of living by the salt body of water. Which is way more higher than fresh water.

    1. @Ammo Seeker Yeah, but I think the property values for the condos there are about to take a hit anyway.

    2. @sacred squirrel

      It isn’t the concrete so much as the steel rebar reacting with the salty water.

  6. Those Republican voters who applaud the rescinding of all types of regulations as a ” good thing ” for business and the economy are seeing just 1 ” benefit of winking at regulations …

    1. Not politicians of any party are in favor of abolishing building safety regulations. And even if they did, this type of collapse is extremely rare. It appears that the code violations were not followed through – we shall learn more. Other experts claim that many buildings have similar problems and there should be no great fear of this happening again.

    2. @eric Remember where you are. This is the comment thread of a CNN video. You’ll find only whimpering and sniveling among their absolutely unfiltered regurgitation of whatever “information” they’re fed by this network. Don’t argue with the jobless handout-seekers about regulations that sit comfortably above their non-existent paygrade, it’s futile.

    3. YEP.. republicans dont want the government “intruding” on peoples lives… UNLESS of course.. its to.. tell women what they can do with their bodies. who gay people can marry. whether you have a right to smoke weed or legally gamble.. THEN the “family values” GOP wants the government all UP IN YOUR BUSINESS. hypocrites. get rid of the entire GOP>

  7. Corruption kills. If you elect corrupt politicians, the safety of the public is put in grave danger.

    1. yep.. look what happened with covid. trump was telling people it was a hoax.. then it would just go away n then to drink bleach. hire a clown get a circus.

  8. They said it was going through a 40-year inspection, I would hope for high residency buildings at least check the foundation every 5 years. I wonder what was going on with respect to that inspection.

    1. No doubt the local government (it IS Florida, after all) didn’t want to impose the burdensome regulations on the ownership group of making sure the building wasn’t a death-trap. Regular inspections and repairs might have cost the ownership corporation .0001% of their profit margin. THAT’S SOCIALISM!!!

    2. 1981 Kansas City Hyatt Recency walkway collapse uncovered the standard corrupt practice of the time where building inspectors were getting payoffs to pass construction without actually inspecting it. Then they just made up info in their reports. 114 people died as a result. First responders said it looked like a war zone. I’ll be looking for who it was that got a payoff for ignoring the repair needs here

    1. The cavities exist, but a traumatic head injury would be most likely to anyone who was trapped, even when their body is not crushed. It came down so quickly that the force of being slammed against concrete would have been fatal. It is like going from 0 to 30 in a second then crashing into solid mass.

    2. i wish there were, but there are no survivors. a pancake collapse while people are sleeping means everyone was crushed in their beds

    1. @Astro Dan Most of the water seeping in the concrete would evaporate. Otherwise many would have noticed water dripping from below. But the core of the concrete would have been damp for years which would corrode the steel. That will be easy to detect when they find lots of corroded rebar.

  9. Everyone in this building association board is responsible for this tragedy, they neglected all the signs. They must be held accountable for all lives lost.

    1. they are under the ruble. thats the ultimate responsibility. too bad some innocent bystanders went with em.

    2. I would like to know the actual responses to the warnings in 2018, when those mentioned they heard cracking sounds, etc.

      “It’s nothing..” “we’ll worry about it later”, “we need more tenants to move in this building so we can afford it”

  10. This is what results when no government oversight exists under the guise of “deregulation”

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