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Re: FEMA 310, Handbook for the Seismic Evaluation of Buildings --A Prestandard.

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FEMCCLURE(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote:
> 
> Dear Colleagues,
> 
> If you like FEMA 178, 1992, you will love FEMA 310, "Handbook for the Seismic
> Evaluation of Buildings -- A Prestandard" prepared by the American Society of
> Civil Engineers for Federal Emergency Management Agency.
> 
> To obtain your free copy call FEMA Distribution Facility at 1-800-480-2520.
> 
> Please look at Section 3.7.16, General Basic Structural Checklist, page 3-113,
> in particular the evaluation statements for TRANSFER TO SHEAR WALLS, TRANSFER
> TO STEEL FRAMES, TOPPING SLAB TO WALLS OR FRAMES, STEEL COLUMNS, CONCRETE
> COLUMNS, and PRECAST WALL PANELS.
> 
> I would appreciate your comments on these evaluation statements and other
> aspects of  FEMA 310 sent to me at my email address: FEMCCLURE(--nospam--at)aol.com.
> 
> I served as a member of the Project Steering Committee for FEMA 310 and wrote
> the Chair of the FEMA 310 Project Steering Committee many letters - which were
> never answered - pointing out the problems with the above evaluation
> statements and other evaluation statements in FEMA 310.  I am getting tired
> serving on project steering committees where my comments are not given proper
> consideration.  One might conclude that the project managers are just using
> our names to provide some sort of assurance that the document must be
> acceptable because so and so was on the the project steering committee.
> 
> As a member of ASCE since 1941, I am somewhat amazed that ASCE would
> prematurely lend it good name to FEMA 310, even though the title "Handbook for
> the Seismic Evaluation of Buildings -- A Prestandard" states it is a
> "Prestandard" , without FEMA 310 first going through the ASCE Standards
> Program process.
> 
> For FEMA to authorize the release of FEMA 310 without it going through the
> ASCE Standards Program is similar to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
> giving approval for the use of a drug without proper testing and evaluation.
> 
> Look forward to your comments to FEMCCLURE(--nospam--at)aol.com
> 
> Frank E. McClure   FEMCCLURE(--nospam--at)aol.com
> 

I have tried my best to get a copy but until now there is no response!!

Regards,


Celso