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- To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
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- From: "Yousefi, Ben" <Ben.Yousefi(--nospam--at)ci.sj.ca.us>
- Date: Wed, 3 Nov 1999 10:52:32 -0800
This may have been true when the late great Henry Degenkolb was alive and even until very recently when SEAOC and dedicated building officials were involved in writing the seismic provisions of the code. But wait till you see what's coming down the pike in 2000 IBC. Apparently code writing professional was hired to write the seismic guidelines of the NEHRP provisions into code language. The outcome IMHO is miss by a mile. I tried unsuccessfully to change some of the language during the April 98 code hearings in Virginia. But at every attempt the representatives from the CRDC (people who wrote the provisions) spoke against them without any specific reason. And the Building Officials on the code committee just accepted that position since the provisions were based on a "consensus" process. (I don't know why we even have code hearings if everything has to be based on the consensus decision of a select group). Anyway, I was so badly bruised that everyone was extending condolences to me afterward! But I don't think we should give up. The practicing engineers and regulatory officials should continue getting involved and try to enhance both the content and language of the code. After all these are the individuals who will be using the code on a day to day basis. Ben Yousefi, SE San Jose, CA -----Original Message----- From: sasquake [SMTP:sasquake(--nospam--at)uswest.net] Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 11:41 PM To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org Subject: Code History and Philosophy " . . . as an engineer and a professional, you can't write everything into the code. Sometimes the wording is not the best because it's written by engineers, not attorneys - but maybe that's an advantage." -- Henry Degenkolb, Structural Engineer James Bela Oregon Earthquake AwarenessTM / The Quake NorthwestTM "We Have Nothing To Fear But Shear Itself" / "We're All Subducting In This Together"
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