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Re: '97 code seismic map -- Questions, questions, questions

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Brian Veit:

A first draft of the International Building Code (new code for the year
2000) may be obtained from ICBO.  The cost is free for ICBO members or
$10.00 for non-members.  This is a good opportunity to review the code and
give your input on any changes and to give recommendations on what should
be in the code along with its organization of information.  A faxed request
can be made, 562-699-4522.

> From: BVeit <BVeit(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: '97 code seismic map  -- Questions, questions, questions
> Date: Tuesday, March 17, 1998 6:10 PM
> Bill Sherman writes: <<I recently compared the 1997 UBC requirements with
> 1994 UBC requirements for a project in Seismic Zone 2B, and also found
> lateral coefficient to be much higher in 1997.>>
> Will the year 2000 code follow the '97 seismic provisions, or will they
> entirely new (again) as some have suggested?
> Is the fine tuning of the new code warranted with respect to the
> of naturally occuring phenomena such as earthquakes?
> Should we even bother to learn the '97 seismic provisions?
> Brian Veit, P.E.