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- From: "Sandy Pringle" <sandyp(--nospam--at)sic-inc.com>
- Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 06:29:28 -0700
Inspection & Testing in IBC2000 Recently there was a thread regarding "Get Involved". A brief review of the current state of the developing International Building Code for the year 2000 has caused some degree of alarm among the Quality Assurance oriented professionals. There is a significant decrease in the inspection requirements from the Uniform Building Code which is used in the Western United States in an effort to combine the BOCA and the Southern Building Code into the IBC. However, the need for increased, NOT DECREASED, Quality Assurance through Inspection and Testing is distressingly apparent. The Engineering Community has continued to progress in the direction of quality and has fought hard for Quality Assurance code issues for many years in the interests of Public Safety, but there is a very real potential threat to that development. As Building Departments everywhere suffer budget cuts and find greater and greater loads on the Municipal Inspectors, quality assurance issues can be easily buried. Decreasing the Special Inspection & Testing requirements seems outrageous given the natural disasters issue alone! I implore all affected (that's everyone, I think) to make an opportunity to review what is actually being proposed! Let's do what we can to get it as right as possible the first time so we're not spending the next 2 or 3 code cycles trying to straighten it out. Those that are active in this development need your input and that's not just verbally. They have worked tirelessly (and sometimes not so tirelessly, but they ) are committees and committees work by votes. If your opinions through voting isn't represented, all the noise and anguishing in the world will fall on deaf ears. WE NEED TO TAKE THE TIME TO HELP IN THIS DEVELOPMENT!!! This has been ongoing for several years now and we're rapidly approaching deadlines which may be irreversible for some time to come. Invest the time to write AND attend or invest a lot of time later to amend. R. Sandy Pringle, Chair STRUCTURAL INSPECTION CONSULTANTS Inc. SEAOSC (800)598-1970 Fax (310)376-5294 Inspection Practices Sub-Committee Hermosa Bch & Redondo Bch, CA sandyp(--nospam--at)sic-inc.com http://www.sic-inc.com It's not a matter of where you stand, but in what direction you're headed.
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