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I disagree with that engineer entirely. What's stipulated in 
codes( or for voluntary design guideline) is not what the engineer 
should always design to. These documents contain minimum provisions 
which is some case may not be adequate. At the end of the day no 
matter what the codes or who says what, it is the engineer who should 
understand, know and  accepts responsibilities for his/her designs.  

As a responsible and compentent engineer he/she should have the 
courage of conviction for their designs and not at all be intimidated 
by developers. If you get sued prove your case.

> Date:          Sun, 23 Feb 1997 13:18:52 -0500 (EST)
> From:          HARRISENGR(--nospam--at)
> To:            seaoc(--nospam--at)
> Subject:       building code minimums for wood frame
> Reply-to:      seaoc(--nospam--at)

>      I provide contract plan check services for a jurisdiction that
> "recommends" ( voluntary ) that an applicant follow the L.A. city
> on wood frame seismic design.
>      An engineer responded to this comment by saying he would really like
> but the  housing tract developer would sue him if he designed in anything
> that cost more than building code absolute minimum. He said it is really up
> to the developer.
>      Any thoughts on this subject ? Has anyone heard of an engineer being
> sued for designing above code minimums ?
>      Tom Harris , SE
>      Thousand Oaks, CA
> * ****** ****** ********
Raghu S. Pendyala

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