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I believe that you can use the same LRFD load factors anywhere in the world.
The factors are not a function of location, but of load.  The local
jurisdiction will prescribe the intensity of the load to match the perceived
risk (50 year wind, 10% exceedence in 50 years, ect).

To deal with different materials or load effects, the phi factor is used.
As long as the material is the same, I don't believe that these would change
based on location either.

I hope this helps.

Curt La Count, P.E.
Jacobs Engineering
Portland, OR
From: Adolfo Galvez
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: LRFD Load Factors.
Date: Thursday, November 19, 1998 3:37PM

I will appreciate your comments about next topic:

LRFD codes has Load Factors and Resistance Factors. Example AISC,AISI, etc.

Question is:

When you are designing for another place outside USA, do you still use the
same USA Load Factors in load combinations for Dead, Live, Earthquake and
Wind?, because Load Factors are function of the statistical data for a load
type in a determinate geographical area, and maybe using USA factors is not
in the safe side.

Also, Resistance Factors for steel, concrete, aluminum, etc, are the same?

Maybe a simple and safe approach is to use an ASD code?

Thank You

Adolfo Galvez MSc.
Lima, Peru.