The post from marcsbart(--nospam--at)aol.com regarding SEI got me
thinking. SEI wants to compile design problems to determine if code
provisions are being interpreted correctly - and possibly (as I would
assume) to provide an example of how the code should be
Although ICBO is not checking interpretation of the code (which is an
important issue) they are planning on publishing two volumes of comentary
and sample problems which is being written by SEAOC and currently under the
final process of checking the problem solutions.
would think that there is some (if not a great deal) of duplication of
effort here. It would seem that a combined effort would have been more
benificial - albeit not as financially rewarding to ICBO or
One of the basic goals of SEAint is to unite professional groups with
the hope of gaining strengh by uniting the effort to achieve a goal rather
than have two or more organizations working toward similar ends only to
argue over whose final product is the best solution.
would appreciate comments from engineers of any affiliation who feel that
they can suggest solutions to this duplication of effort as well as how the
SEAint services can help institute productive change. If it is a matter of
generative income for the organizations, possibly a united effort where all
professerional organizations can financially benifit would be possible. If
it is an issue of helping to improve upon the understanding of building
codes, possibly a united effort can be both more effective and an easier
goal to obtain.
Finally, if the issues are politically motivated, is there any way to
overcome this for the benifit of the professional community world-wide. I
believe that more can be accomplished from a united effort than from a
segregated community. If you don't agree, I would be pleased to hear any
support for your arguments.
Dennis S. Wish PE