Miguel posted this Tweet:
Champlain Towers luxury condos – Before And After Structure Collapse – Surfside, Miami Beach Area. Was it the result of poor engineering, building code violations, or something else? Too early to know or to rule anything out. Rescue operations ongoing. pic.twitter.com/qichiW6j2E
— 1776 Channel (@1776Channel) June 24, 2021
I will be the first to admit that I am not a civil or structural engineer.
I am a Materials Engineer with a PE and a decade and a half in forensic engineering.
The building was built in 1981. It is 40 years old. Buildings do not stand for 40 years, withstand multiple hurricanes, including a couple of Cat 5 hurricanes, and then collapse at middle age because there was poor engineering.
Things that fail due to poor engineering generally fail right away like the FIU bridge or the Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkway.
Florida does a lot of beach repair to keep the beaches nice for the tourists. Florida won’t allow a beach to erode. Saying the beach eroded due to global warming is ridiculous.
Sinkhole? Maybe. Florida is known for those.
I want to wait until the debris has been examined.
Until then, everyone can shut the fuck up.
I’m happy to answer failure analysis questions in the comments.