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Re: History of conventional wood framing- update

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I totally agree.

Research engineers and code writers in their enclosed environment rarely see
the real world of wood framed houses. They must think that the framer on the
field is going to spend the time to reproduce their perfectly done model in
the lab. 

This is how I see it:
Research is done in the lab.
Research results are interpreted into a complicated mathematical model.
Complicated mathematical equations are written to arrive at the same results.
Simplified equations are written to sell to code writers.
Code is written.
Engineers learn it and struggle to implement it in their "architecturally
dreamed structural nightmares."
Plan checkers insist on the nitty-gritty in their comfortable chairs.
The framer doesn't look at it or ignores it and frame it the "he's been doing
it for ? years and nobody said anything" way.
The building inspector may or may not see it.
The engineer may or may not catch it.
When caught, it's to late to redo it. Then the engineer tries to fix it with a
And then, god knows how the structure will behave in a "previously unknown
earthquake event."

Just my thoughts!

Oshin Tosounian, S.E.