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Re: Architects Doing Engineering -Enough

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>The whole concept of earthquake engineering is not to end up as a statistic.
Very well put. In like manner, you can't assume that fire safety isn't 
important just because your house hasn't burned down recently. And I'd 
liken the problem also to pressure vessel safety. I've heard 'ASME Code 
is too conservative--boilers never blow up' a thousand times. But the 
reason they don't is that the ASME Code is a summary of lessons learned 
the hard way. Unlike the ASME Code experience, structural engineers can 
start learning from other things than mangled remains.

Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant from
chrisw(--nospam--at)        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)