From: "Laurence B. Oeth III" <viacalx(--nospam--at)europa.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 18:58:15 -0500
Brian K. Smith wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Laurence B. Oeth III [mailto:viacalx(--nospam--at)europa.com]
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 10:19 PM
> > To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> > Subject: ASD v. LRFD
> > Another note: All the LRFD in the world didn't help those welded moment
> > connections in Northridge. Perhaps a little less office/computer
> > elegance and a few more practical construction + QA/QC requirements are
> > in order.
> I think those failures were do to welding problems. Do welds know if they
> were designed LRFD or ASD???
> Brian K. Smith, P.E.
Thank you for making my point again. The welds didn't know, and neither
did (nearly) the entire profession. Meanwhile we expend energy on LRFD
Given the $$ value of welded moment connection structures just on the
West Coast which have now been shown to be failure-prone, did we expend
our limited professional development resources well?
With the intelligence and devotion to duty I see on these pages, I think
the only thing holding our profession back is this continued focus on
non-major issues while ceding the decision-making to others less skilled
(insurance, bankers, lawyers, you name it).
Laurence B. Oeth, P.E.