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- Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 00:47:23 EDT
In a message dated 7/22/99 8:02:57 PM Pacific Daylight Time, lhoward(--nospam--at)silcom.com writes: << Okay, I'm getting carried away, but I seriously think that if the argument is that "what are you crying about, this has been in the code all along", then we should respond, okay, we will ALL continue to IGNORE this section of the Code, just as we have been doing all along. This strategy has served us well so far, and should continue to do so. Lynn >> Lynn, First off, engineers are being sued for not following this provision (I will email you privately with names of some of our peers who are Expert Witnesses serving in cases that address this issue. I don't think they want me to publically state this since most are involved in litigation at the present time). Second, the latest code has taken away the "loop-hole" which we argue is the reason that these provisions were not adhered to in the past. The fact that ICBO and SEAOC has been so active in promoting seminars and design example manuals (and accepted APA's recommendation to multiply the rigid diaphragm deflection by 2.5 as the acceptable flexible diaprhagm defelction) takes away our professional judgment call and makes us liable for designing to a less than code minimum standard. Still, to fight litigation from our failure to comply with prior codes, we must bear the expense in court to prove the standard of practice. You can bet that the other side will have their expert witnesses who will claim the contrary. Essentially it becomes a professional "pissing" contest where the side with the most convincing experts wins the case. The good news, I heard today, is that the next iteration of the Blue Book (the last version) will have a comentary to address this legal concern and hopefully help alleviate the liability issues (we have been listened to). Dennis
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