Subject: Re: Ron Gallagher's Comments in SEAOC Plan Review
From: Lynn H <lhoward(--nospam--at)silcom.com>
Date: Thu, 06 May 1999 19:38:08 -0700
I don't have an opinion on Mr. Gallagher, but I
think your using this forum to take a personal shot
at a fellow SEOAC engineer is out of line. If you
feel personal attacks are necessary, they should be
carried out in a less public way.
> I draw your attention to the latest Plan Review from SEAOC. On page 5, Ron
> Gallagher's (current chair of the state Seismology Committee and Project
> Manager for the Seismic Design Manual) comments about the importance of the
> Seismology Committee Chairman compared to the presidency of SEAOC is rather
> "It is my personal observation that the Chair of the SEAOC Seismology
> Committee plays as important a role for the Association as the President. A
> lot of People don't realize this, even Board Member. Board Members come up
> the ranks from the local associations, and many have not served on, or been
> involved with, the Seismology Committee. Consequently, I feel the Board as a
> group does not fully comprehend the amount of work the Committee does. It is
> truly the heart of the Association."
> Not only does the board not comprehend it, most of us haven't a clue how this
> got adopted.
> I believe Gallagher's statement could not have been said better had McCarthy
> said it himself in the 50's:>) As a practicing engineer who has to comply
> with and is liable for compliance with the UBC Chapter 16 provisions from the
> 94 and 97 code, I am appalled that Gallagher is so out of touch with
> residential construction problems associated with construction omissions and
> defects that he believes we need to penalize the bill-paying public with
> stricter codes. What we need is less Seismology and more activism to bridge
> the gap that exists between architects, engineers, contractors and the
> building officials. If we focus our efforts in this direction instead of
> trying to redesign the flexible diaphragm as rigid we will reduce the cost of
> repairs after the next "Northridge" by making contractors responsible for
> their work and maybe even better educated.
> Gallagher's arrogance scares me as he believes that he is the most important
> person in our profession. Yes, he has the greatest impact and lately is
> causing the greatest amount of ulcers and grievances. He is also paving the
> way for attorneys to have cause to file frivolous lawsuits against engineers
> who (as standard practice) did not comply with the rigid diaphragm
> requirements that Seismology "enhanced" in the 94 Code.
> With people like Gallagher, we should consider scrapping seismology and
> starting all over. I think he has become the attorney's greatest advocate.
> This is a great example of a few engineers need to be prominent leaders
> rather than representing the needs of their memberships by evaluating all of
> the information at hand instead of jumping the gun.
> Anyone else irritated by his arrogance?
> Dennis S. Wish PE