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The section 1630.9.1 States :"A static, elastic analysis of the
lateral-resisting system should be prepared...  Where Allowable Stress
Design is used and where drift is being computed the load combination of
section 1612.3 shall be used"  That is where is divide E/1.4.

Hope this helps


Alexander Sasha Itsekson
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From: "Jeff Smith" <smthengr(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: drift calculation, 1997 UBC using ASD

Can anyone help me out in understanding the drift requirements for OMRF
steel frames or braced frames using ASD (3 story wood frame residence)?

It seems to me that you have to use Strength Design load combinations to
determine delta s. Do I *have* to use strength design to determine drift
allowables and requirements and if so it seems there is no sense using ASD?
(Maybe this is what the code writers wanted). Am I the only one confused?