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- Subject: RE: O.C. Dinner Meeting
- From: Bill Allen <ballense(--nospam--at)pacbell.net>
- Date: Sun, 15 Mar 1998 12:36:50 -0800
Mr. Lai- First of all it is very encouraging to see that you are following this listserv. We need more of our leadership to follow and participate in this medium. As long as I have been a member of SEAOC (1980), you have been a tireless volunteer to the organization. Both the organization and the profession has benefitted from your participation. I am looking forward to your guidance when you take over as President of SEAOSC. I have included specific comments in response to your post peppered throughout your original post. Regards, Bill Allen -----Original Message----- From: JAMES S LAI [SMTP:jslaicse(--nospam--at)earthlink.net] Sent: Saturday, March 14, 1998 7:59 PM To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org Cc: SEAOSC(--nospam--at)aol.com Subject: Re: O.C. Dinner Meeting To: Readers of SEAOC list server: I read several message related to questions on the Tilt Up subject presented at the Orange County meeting. Since I did not attend the O.C. Meeting, I was not sure what the question was. It seems that the question had to do with the fact that the Building Code has become more complicated. The solution rest on you - our membership! [Bill Allen, S.E. ALLEN DESIGNS] I don't think there was a question in my original comments. You should probably re-read my original post on my observations of the dinner meeting to get a clear understanding of the problems I originally illustrated. You have suggested that the solution (to complicated building codes) rests on the membership. However, one of my complaints in my original post (and a consistent thread throughout several of my posts) is that some/several code authors (who are probably members) are the ones guilty of making the code complicated. Adding committee members with the same itenerary will not solve the problem of complicated codes but rather make it worse. The only suggestion I can make, based on the specific example raised at the dinner meeting, is to draft Mr. Francis Lo of KLT Consulting Structural Engineers to sit on the same committee as Mr. Bob Bachman has served to act as a counter balance. I'm not sure if Mr. Lo subscribes to this list, but if others agree, you may e-mail him at: kltnb(--nospam--at)aol.com Further, it would help (in my opinion) to expand committee work to include participation by e-mail. Please follow the thread on the Virtual Standards Committee proposals. Having been involved in both the SEAOC Building Code and SEAOC Seismology Committees a decade ago, I believe many more volunteers and input from the memebership are needed in each of the standing committee, particularly in Southern California area. As you know, all committee meetings are open to the membership. Even if you are not a voting member of the committee, I assure you, comments and suggestions can be addressed to the committee. I encourage chair-persons of all committees and subcommittees post their meeting dates and agenda on the listserver in the coming months. [Bill Allen, S.E. ALLEN DESIGNS] This would be a tremendous step forward to ensure that all committee documents (meeting minutes, agenda as well as current drafts of committee documents) are up to date on the SEAOSC web site. The SEAOSC Policies on Organization and Duties for Committees are explicit regarding the formation of each standing committee. Each standing committee must maintain a balance of voting members between the private practice, building departments and industry representatives. I urge chair-persons of each committee make all attempts to adhere to this long standing policy. As many of you know, the 1st Draft of the International Building Code 2000 has been published since November 1997. If you are a member of IBCO, you may request a copy free of charges while the supply last. Although deadline for proposed changes was due on January 5, 1998, the public hearings will be scheduled for the last two weeks in April, 1998. Please do convey your concerns to your local committee chairs. You must, however, be prepared to write a logical proposed change to specific code section(s)and the corresponding reason. The following are the current SEAOSC standing committee chair-persons: Building Code Committee - Douglas Thompson SeismologyCommittee - Saif Hussain Existing Building Comm - Richard Hess Reasearch Committee - Nazih Gunal In addition to the four standing committes, an Ad Hoc Committee on Steel is jointly chaired by Peter Maranian and Yeunan Chou. Contact Nob Lyons at (213)484-8950 for meeting time. James S. Lai, Chair SRCE (Steering) Committee
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