Our thoughts are with the families and community of Surfside, Florida in the aftermath of the collapse of the Champlain Towers Condominiums. As structural engineers, this event affects us deeply—both personally and professionally—as our life's work is to ensure the safety of built structures.
It is too early to speculate on what might have happened. The first priority is to reach survivors and care for those lost and impacted. As the situation unfolds and additional information is available, structural engineers will be able to assess any contributing factors to the collapse.
The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) offers its support to Florida so we may both work together to understand the causes of the collapse and contribute to the discussion regarding how to avoid a tragedy like this again.
In the interim, we express our condolences to those impacted by this tragic event.
The Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers is an organization of structural engineers from southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey.
We conduct technical and business seminars related to structural engineering, organize volunteer programs, conduct design competitions in preparation for the national design competition, educate grade school and high school students about structural engineering and give structural engineers in the region an opportunity to meet other structural engineers in the area.