Thirkell Consulting Engineers was engaged by the West Cairns Bowls Club to inspect and report on the structural steel work that failed during construction work at the West Cairns Bowls Club.
The steelwork structure was under construction to provide a roof over two bowling greens. It consisted of 10 frames of portal truss type, with intermediate hinged connections. The in-service stability of the structure relied on portal frame action in one direction and diaphragm action in the other right-angle direction to unbraced columns. The columns were founded on isolated concrete pedestal footings. The steelwork failure occurred at 11am, Tuesday 20th June 2006 and the undisturbed site was inspected by TCE on the 26th June 2006. A report was issued and our appointment continued until the court matter was settled in late 2012. Services included expert witness statements, appearances and legal counsel consultations.