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Re: higher loads or better details.

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Nearly thirty years ago, my boss said something similar.  He remarked that
people know how to design beams; consequently, beams don't fail. 
Connections on the other hand...

And we're still learning to design connections.  The ideal connection would
be cheap, easy to design, fabricate and erect...  " to leap tall
buildings with a single bound!"

And materials -- Manurium would be a good candidate.  Does anyone remember
manurium?  It's a material with variable properties which can be activated
by specification, anything from a elastic modulus of infinity to a thermal
coefficient of zero.

You asked for opinions (not solutions), didn't you?  ;-)

Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561

> From: MRodrig273(--nospam--at)
> To: SEAINT(--nospam--at)
> Subject: higher loads or better details.
> Date: Friday, September 04, 1998 2:32 AM
> My boss mentions that it is not the load that will make the building
stand up,
> you can increase the load as much as you want but if you do not detail it
> correctly, larger load is no good.
> Making sure that your load flows through your connection correctly is
> important, I think a lot of people getting out of school lacks that
> experience.  Included with the Steel, Concrete, and Timber design, there
> should be a special class called connections.
> Professional Engineer's opinions welcome.
> Marlou B. Rodriguez