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I think that it really depends on the complexity and size of the structure.

For smaller and simpler structures, steel will be most economical, fast to 
erect, and simpler to design and build.

For complex and large structures, where the opportunity of reusing forms 
becomes an factor, concrete will likely be cheaper and simpler to build, 
perhaps not to design.

I think your question is too general, given the great variety of sizes and 
types of structures.

My personal preference is concrete, however.  Nothing matches the feel and 
strength of a well built structure made with the "man made stone".

I hope this helps,

Antonio J. Arthay, P.E.
Laurence & Associates

-----Original Message-----
From:	Scott Maxwell [SMTP:smaxwell(--nospam--at)]
Sent:	Friday, October 22, 1999 8:47 AM
To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
Cc:	jwight(--nospam--at)
Subject:	Concrete vs. Steel

Dear fellow structural engineers:

I have received a request from one of my professors from school.  He has
been asked by ACI to look into the issue of the use of concrete vs. steel.
The question has been raised as to whether strucutural engineers are more
likely to pick steel over concrete, and if so...why?  I can give a fair
answer for the Detroit area, but they are also looking for input 

So, I would appreciate it if you have any thoughts on the matter.  If you
have an opinion, then you can respond either to myself or to the list, and
then I will forward the information onto my professor.  I would also
appreciate it if you could specific which area of the country (or world)
you are from so that we can get an idea of "regional" preferences.

BTW, there is a little bit of a time restraint...I need to get any comments
forwarded by Thursday of next week (10/28) at the latest.

Thanks much,


Scott E. Maxwell, PE
Structural Engineer

SHG Inc.
500 Griswold, Suite 500
Detroit, MI  48226

Phone: (313) 442-8253
Fax:   (313) 442-8297

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