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Surely you should be using the codes applicable to the area you are designing for!?

Thor A. Tandy   P.Eng.,  MCSCE
Victoria, BC, Canada
e-mail: <vicpeng(--nospam--at)>

-----Original Message-----
From: La Count, Curt <Curt.LaCount(--nospam--at)>
To: 'seaint' <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Thursday, November 19, 1998 4:51 PM
Subject: FW: LRFD Load Factors.

>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.