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- From: "Kris" <kph(--nospam--at)geigerengineers.com>
- Date: Fri, 03 Dec 1999 17:33:20 -0800
I concur with those who feel that the ANSI consensus process should be followed in developing the SEAOC recommendations for seismic code issues. I've been participating on an ASCE committee developing a new Standard, using the ANSI process. The rules are not onerous, and show that they have been developed over many years as a way to keep the process "democratic," and still functional for technical work. There are three aspects of the process that make it work: 1 As discussed, there is a mix of interests on the committee. This can be a bit of a problem, but nothing that intelligent people can't work out. 2 Also as discussed, there is eventually either a consensus or a compromise reached by the Committee. 3 Most importantly, after the Committee reaches its consensus, the draft is made available for "public" comment. Each comment _must_ be considered by the Committee, and a record of all comments received, and the committee's response to each one, must be kept. It seems that this last step may have been left out of the process. The rules can slow things down somewhat, but this is not always a bad thing. Kris P. Hamilton, P.E. Geiger Engineers 1215 Cornwall Avenue Bellingham, WA 98225 Ph: 360 734 7194 Fx: 360 734 7399
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