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- To: RPixley(--nospam--at)aol.com
- Subject: [SEAOC] Electronic publishing of codes
- From: IteUrsi(--nospam--at)gnn.com (Franklin Lew)
- Date: Tue, 20 Feb 1996 02:00:28
- Cc: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org
Ray Pixley- You can relax - my reaction to your reply was merriment, not upset. You exhibit an attitude typical of some folks who are enthralled with the Net, and think the world should completely change the way work is done so as to fit in with the enlightened way you are now working. You need to do a reality check. Most people don't have the facilities, the inclination, or the environment to make the Net an integral part of their work routine. Let me give you an example of how your proposal to put ICBO's annual code change documents on an FTP site just doesn't mesh with how people actually work. The joint code committee of the Peninsula and East Bay ICBO Chapters met weekly in Janauary to develop chapter positions on the proposed changes for our representatives to make at the hearings in Sparks. About two dozen of us from all over the Bay Area met in a conference room at a local city hall. We studied the 350+ proposed changes beforehand, paying particular attention to the dozen or so that each particpant had been assigned to study in depth and report on at the meetings. We all brought our hardcopies of the changes to the meetings, along with copies of the codes and other standards that are proposed to be adopted by reference. There was much flipping back and forth between pages and between documents during the meetings. Even if each participant had access to a monitor, there is no way that anyone would tolerate the structured access of the electronic publishing paradigm in lieu of the truly rapid random access possible with printed media. And if you suggest printing all the stuff locally, then I rest my case. Besides, the local building department didn't appear to have more than a handful of PCs, and certainly didn't have the power or wiring in the conference room to hook them up. Each ICBO jurisdictional membership gets all the code change mailings, and is encouraged to participate in the process. Many do. In California, over half of all builidng departments have a staff count of less than six. For the ICBO membership at large, the figure is likely around three-fourths. Many are two and three person shops. When the resource limitations of these small departments, in terms of both budgets and the backgrounds of staff, are considered, it is unrealisitc to expect that making these documents available only in electronic form could be sufficient, now or in the foreseeable future. By the way, in the work environment of many building officials, engineers and engineering issues are barely on the radar screen. We have a multitude of worries and demands for our attention, such as the constant threats of the Attorney General and the disabled community to sue over levels of enforcement of accessibility regs, the CEC auditing us on how well we enforce energy conservation regs, the need to comply with the myriad of State statues such as risk management prevention plans for hazardous materials, the constant pressures by mayors, councilmembers and city managers to give more attention and resources to complaints of activist neighbors and tenants to housing, zoning and health code violations, etc, etc. To expand beyond your self-described "little people" status, you should broaden your world beyond that seen through an engineering prism. Frank Lew ...
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