Miami building collapse: Federal oversight team names team of investigators

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Wednesday named its team tasked with investigating the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Wednesday named members of its team tasked with investigating the June 24 collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida.

The building, constructed in 1981, was undergoing its 40-year recertification process at the time of the collapse that killed 98 people. While officials have yet to determine a specific cause behind the deadly disaster, NIST was at the scene of the incident 48 hours after the building fell and sent a team of six scientists and engineers to investigate.

"We are in our final days of evidence collection at the site of the collapsed building," NIST Associate Chief of the Materials and Structural Systems Division Judith Mitrani-Reiser said during a press conference. "We have assembled a team of forensic engineers, academic researchers and federal investigators with extensive expertise across many disciplines."

NIST is working to determine how the building was designed, constructed, modified and maintained throughout its 40 years of existence, Mitrani-Reiser, who will help lead the…
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