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I´m a student from mendoza, argentina and i agree with you, marlou:
detailing is a very important thing and great structural engineers share
this opinion.
That´s why one of the last chapters of Park & Paulay´s "Reinforced concrete
structures" (kind of a bible of seismic design of rc structures) is named
"the art of detailing".
Also, one of my teachers, a great engineer here in mendoza, eng. Agustin
Reboredo, expend a great deal of time on remarking the importance   of a
good detail work.  Not to mention Bertero´s advise on the same subject.

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De: MRodrig273(--nospam--at) <MRodrig273(--nospam--at)>
Para: SEAINT(--nospam--at)SEAINT.ORG <SEAINT(--nospam--at)SEAINT.ORG>
Fecha: viernes 4 de septiembre de 1998 4:47
Asunto: higher loads or better details.

>My boss, just brought up an interesting idea,
>Here in Hawaii, we have just been exposed to the 1997 UBC.  We noticed that
>the Base shear has increased by about 30 percent for the 1997 codes.
>My boss mentions that it is not the load that will make the building stand
>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 very
>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.
>I just recently graduated and I think it was sad that we only spent about a
>week in connections.
>Professional Engineer's opinions welcome.
>Marlou B. Rodriguez
>Robert Englekirk Inc.
>Honolulu, Hi