Subject: Improvement of Seismic Design and Construction. Educate the Gatekeepers.
Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 06:18:00 EDT
With limited time and resources (money and personnel) what are most cost
effective and timely measures to improve seismic design and construction?
Many of the members of the State of California Seismic Safety Commission,
Proposition 122 Oversight Panel, serving without fee, believe that education
of the code enforcement personnel (the "Gatekeepers") is very cost effective
and can provide near term, if not immediate, results to improve seismic
design and construction.
In other words, if we are going to make a difference in the quality of
seismic design and construction start with the people who are in a position
to make an improvement by effectively enforcing the seismic design and
construction provisions in the building codes on a daily basis. Educate the
Code enforcement personnel are urged to consider attending the ATC/SEAOC
Seismic Design and Construction Seminars being offered on June 17,1999 in
Concord, California and on June 21, 1999 in the City of Commerce, California.
Persons interested in attending these seminars can obtain additional
information and can download the seminar registration form from ATC's web
Also, the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) has a broader
educational program for building enforcement personnel. Contact ICBO's web
site (http:www.icbo.org) or call (800) 423-6587 for additional information.
Frank E. McClure FEMCCLURE(--nospam--at)aol.com May 19, 1999