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Re: Mass irregularity

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On Wed, 2 Dec 1998, Bart Needham wrote:

> Does snow load included in seismic loading create a mass irregularity if
> it pushes the mass at the roof above the 150% level of the adjacent
> lower story?


However, what is the probability that an earthquake will occur when the
snow loading is at it's maximum.

ASCE 7 uses the following load combinations:

Strength Design:
1.2Dead  + 1.0Earthquake + 0.5Live + 0.2Snow

Allowable Stress:
(Dead + Live +Snow + Earthquake ) * 0.75

Or, Just make sure the earthquakes only occur during the summer :)

Edwin R. Schmeckpeper, P.E., Ph.D.
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