Field Guide for Building Stabilization and Shoring Techniques   [open pdf - 3MB]

"This guide is a field reference book for vertical shoring, lateral shoring, and in-situ rapid strengthening and/or repair of damaged building components. This guide refines and expands on the information provided in the existing US&R [Urban Search & Rescue] Structures Specialist Field Operations Guide (FOG). This guide includes concise information - including descriptive graphics -- on the current FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] developed built-in- place shoring systems, newly designed and tested built-in- place shoring systems, the results of the most recent testing of built-in-place shoring systems, and a system by system discussion of the relevant characteristics of Manufactured Shoring and Repair and Strengthening techniques that may be able to be adapted to rescue operations. Also included in this Guide is expanded information on Building Size-Up and new Shoring Size-up information. Information contained in this guidebook is based on experience, experimental testing, engineering analysis, and common sense. However, all rescue scenarios are unique and the stabilization techniques contained herein must be applied with judgment, considering the specifics of the operations underway. In many instances, additional input from a qualified engineer is required."

Report Number:
Buildings and Infrastructure Protection Series, BIPS 08 / October 2011
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United States. Dept. of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/
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