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Just a quick comment, we certainly consider lateral design for wind as
well as for seismic.  Diaphragms and connections for a full load path do
get attention.   By the way, seismic loads often control over wind for
many locations in the Eastern U.S., especially for heavy vessel
foundations and for modifications to older masonry structures (lacking

Ed Marshall, PE
Simons Engineering

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Dennis S. Wish [SMTP:wish(--nospam--at)]
> Sent:	Wednesday, May 06, 1998 10:38 AM
> To:	Seaoc@Seaoc. Org
> Subject:	Question for East Coast Engineers
> Over the last few years, I have spoken to engineers and architects in
> various area's out east who design wood structures and have little or
> no
> conception of lateral design and shearwalls. Granted, most of those I
> ask
> are from other professional newsgroups and not generally from the
> list, but I am confused since the threads on wind loads indicates
> design
> loads in excess of most of those we find on the west coast (110-120
> mph 3
> second loads).
> When I ask about this, they simply state that they don't have to worry
> about
> seismic in their part of the country.
> One engineer designed post and beam structures in Martha's Vineyards
> and
> seemed unaware that the structure would be affected by lateral motion.
> What are the facts. Don't the engineers on the east coast consider
> lateral
> design for wind or are am I confusing area's were Brick buildings are
> the
> norm?
> I'm curious since this would imply that there is a difference in
> knowledge
> related to load path and tying a structure together laterally.
> Thanks,
> Dennis
> Dennis S. Wish PE
> La Quinta, California
> wish(--nospam--at)
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