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Engineering and Organizational Issues Related to The World Trade Center Terrorist Attack. Volume 1: Overview of Damage to Buildings near Ground Zero.
Bruneau, M.; Whittaker, A.; Reinhorn, A.
March 2002, 46 p.
This report contributes to one of the objectives of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research's (MCEER) investigations undertaken following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the twin 110-story towers of the World Trade Center, in lower Manhattanm New York. The objective is to collect preliminary information on the various types of damage suffered by buildings at and around the seven-building complex of the World Trade Center (WTC), including those that suffered moderate damage from the impact of large falling debris but remained standing, and to investigate whether analytical methods used in earthquake engineering at this time can be used to explain the observed structural behavior. This important work could lead to a better understanding of how to cost-effectively enhance the resilience of buildings against terrorist attacks.
Ground Zero; Terrorism; Buildings; Damage assessment; Earthquake engineering; New York; Multidisciplinary teams; Cost effectiveness; Terrorist attacks; Manhattan (New York); World Trade Center; Attack; Analytical methods; Structural analysis; Debris