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Re: Disaster dilemma

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Well, this has been another productive thread. What have we accomplished?

Bill Allen

Richard_Ranous/OES(--nospam--at) wrote:

> Frank Lew's comments are right to the point of this particular discussion.
> We are mixing every day design activities with the post-disaster
> evaluation.  These two issues are not interchangeable.  In the
> post-disaster scene there can be no room for egos.  I have heard quite a
> lot of disucssion regarding public safety and safeguarding the public.  In
> a disaster scenario we need to do just that and we need to use all the
> resources at our disposal.
> Our program includes engineers (SEs, Civil-structurals, and Civil-civils)
> as well as architects, and building inspectors.  Our Civil-civils have, for
> the most part, limited themselves to lifeline systems and not buildings and
> structures.
> In the day-to-day world of design we do have serious problems with
> incompetent engineers and architects designing structural systems to
> buildings.  This has not escaped the notice of the SEAOC Board of Directors
> nor the SEAOSC Board of Directors.  Rawn Nelsons comments regarding NCSEA
> and SEI are to the point.  We need to combine our efforts nationwide to
> address the problem.  This is the approach that the Boards are taking.  It
> will take time and I appreciate the frustration, I have been there and in
> many respects still deal with the concept that anyone can do engineering.
> Eventually, these problems will be resolved.  The question is what happens
> in the meantime?  Each and everyone of us must take a teaching role and
> explain why structural systems should be designed only by engineers with
> the appropriate qualifications.  We need to teach not only the architect
> client, but he architect's client as well.