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Supporting a Fractured Building

Supporting a Fractured BuildingBY JOHN P. O`CONNELLA tremendous amount of shoring was erected throughout the Murrah Building`s fragile structure. Much of it was erected during the first days of the operation; however, shores were continually erected or improved throughout. They were used to protect members operating in dangerous areas and to stabilize the building`s remaining structural elements. In some areas, debris had to be removed before shores could be erected. (The base on which the shoring is assembled must be able to support the load being shored, or disastrous results can occur.) The majority of the shoring was done in the interior; a few shores were constructed outside of the s...

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