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Hi Barry,
Professor Surette has been doing the research work under a grant (I hope this 
is correct) by AISI and together with the LGSEA and NAHB-Research Center. He 
was instumental in his work which ultimately became the provisions in the '97 
UBC. I suggest you contact Larry Williams at Light Gauge Steel Engineers 
Association (lgsea(--nospam--at) for more information or to become a member. I 
support this organizations since I too do steel stud design. Their 
newsletters and information (for members ) on their website ( 
is very good.

Larry Williams is the Executive Director of LGSEA and can guide you well.


In a message dated 7/23/99 8:39:27 AM Pacific Daylight Time, wellive(--nospam--at) 

<< Use of metal stud framing with plywood sheathing for shear wall 
construction in
 the 1997 UBC comes with parameters for stud thickness and dimensions. I'd 
 to learn more about the development of this system and ask for your help in 
 education of Barry.
 We had a presenter (a Mr. Serrat?) at our Structural Engineers Association
 meeting (Utah) some time back, and I understand some of the foundations of
 research in this area. I guess I'm looking to find that "commentary" 
 I agree is so necessary to understanding code provisions.
 Barry H. Welliver
 Draper, UT >>