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I have written Bill Nelson privately in response to his offer. I outlined what I feel is a plan to help these idea's progress. This might be a thread best left to the other list that we created some months ago for local business. If anyone wants to receive a copy of my email to Bill, please let me know PRIVATELY and I'll foreward a copy to you.
If you feel that this is appropriate thread to have on this list, let me know and I'll release my response to the list.
In short - it is a plan I believe will help reduce the duplicity of work and promote productivity on a unified level.
As with any plan, the barriers such as those suggested by Kirk Grundahl need to be overcome. This can only be accomplished by the combined voices of the members who support professional organizations.
Let me know how far you wish to carry this thread.
Dennis
-----Original Message-----
From: William Nelson [mailto:BNelsonSE(--nospam--at)email.msn.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 1998 7:48 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: How do we unite professional organizations

Dennis
 
is this something you would like me to have addressed at the the board meeting this wed.
 
Bill Nelson
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis S. Wish PE <wish(--nospam--at)cwia.com>
To: SEA International List <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Date: Saturday, October 31, 1998 12:07 PM
Subject: How do we unite professional organizations

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 used.
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.
I 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 ASCE.
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.
I 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.
 
Thanks
Dennis S. Wish PE