Hence, this study is focused on forecasting the collapse of common framed buildings, i.e. offices or apartments, made of reinforced concrete only. As it is only a short-term study, it is restricted to one statically-removed column on the ground floor. Using a few parameters characterizing the typical dimensions of a building -its length, width, height, and the number of its columns- this paper examines the following questions: Will the removal of a column trigger collapse? If it does, will the collapse be partial or total? In other words, can we make an assessment of which floors will be damaged?
G. Demailly: The Analysis of Collapse of Deteriorated Framed Buildings. Masters Thesis, French Military Academy of Saint-Cyr, December 2008.