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>From: Farzad Naeim <FARZAD(--nospam--at)johnmartin.com>
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>Subject: OPEN LETTER TO SAC AND SEAOC MEMBERSHIP
>Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 14:10:51 -0700
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>April 25, 1999
>
>
>AN OPEN LETTER TO SAC JOINT VENTURE AND SEAOC MEMBERSHIP
>
>Dear colleagues:
>
>It was with great disappointment that we learned that SAC has decided to
>submit qualifications to develop schemes and provide structural engineering
>services for the seismic rehabilitation of an existing building belonging to
>California State University at San Bernardino, California. We were further
>disappointed with SEAOC Board of Directors approval of such a move at their
>meeting of Saturday April 24th. 
>
>We have been avid supporters of SAC from the very beginning. Our company and
>technical staff have contributed valuable time and effort in trying to
>ensure the success of SAC efforts in finding a solution to the steel moment
>frame connection problem. If our company would not have substantially
>subsidized the time of our staff on SAC projects, the staff earnings would
>fall below the minimum wage. 
>
>We have volunteered our resources, and hoped to be able to do so in the
>future, on the premise that SAC is an umbrella organization formed to
>conduct research and solve a particular problem: the behavior of steel
>moment frame buildings during earthquakes. The fact that this issue has not
>been put to rest after five years of effort by SAC is a clear indication
>that SAC cannot and should not afford spending any effort on any side
>projects like this. It seems that SAC, is afraid of finishing its tasks and
>is looking for ways to broaden its presence and justify its existence beyond
>the issue it was formed to resolve. This is very unfortunate indeed.
>
>It was not our intention, nor we believe the intention of the structural
>engineering community at large, to assist in creation of a subsidized
>mega-consulting firm which would turn on them and compete with them on
>providing structural engineering services.
>
>In our opinion, the recent decision by SAC and SEAOC to enter the structural
>engineering services market as mentioned above, is a clear violation of the
>trust of structural engineering community and an unjustified expansion of
>the mandate of SAC as envisioned at the time of its formation. 
>
>SEAOC, one of the three organizations making SAC, is the professional
>association of practicing structural engineers and responsible for
>protecting and enhancing our legitimate professional interests and rights.
>Therefore, it should not be a party to competitive efforts against its
>members and their firms for the evaluation and design services for any
>particular building.  
>
>In our opinion, by supporting this ill-advised move by SAC, SEAOC has acted
>against the legitimate interests of its membership. One who bites the hands
>that feed him cannot expect those hands to be as forthcoming in the future.
>
>
>Sincerely,
>JOHN A. MARTIN & ASSOCIATES, INC.
>
>
>John A. Martin, Jr., S.E.	Farzad Naeim, Ph.D., S.E.
>President	Director of Research and Development
>	
>
>
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>Farzad Naeim, Ph.D., S.E.
>Director of Research and Development
>John A. Martin & Associates
>1212 S. Flower Street
>Los Angeles, CA 90015
>
>Phone: (213) 483-6490
>FAX:     (213) 483-3084
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