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It sounds like it is time to form an *NEW* regional code organization!  How 
does "Western States Building (or Structural) Code Council" sound?

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

Rick Drake wrote:


The sad truth is that there will be no Amendments to the 1997 UBC.  The next
code will be the 2000 IBC.

Even more sad truth is that the SEAOC Seismology committee has very little
direct influence in the IBC process.  The 2000 IBC seismic provisions are
essentially taken from the 1997 NEHRP Provisions.  SEAOC members were on the
committees that input to that, however they were acting as individuals, not as
SEAOC representatives.  Trying to work within the IBC ballot process, the
Seismology committee submitted many (about 50?) ballot proposals for the 2000
IBC.  According to Ron Hamburger at the last State Seismology Committee
only 25% of these proposals were approved.  The other 75% were not.  The ones
that were approved were because of active politicking by SEAOC Seismology
Committee members on the floor at the three regional IBC hearings.  the ones
that were not were in spite of active politicking.

I don't know where we go from here.  The IBC is a national process that
very little (if at all) to any regional influences.  Maybe that's the way it
should be, but it makes it difficult for our regional seismic needs to be

And now it looks like the process will be changing again for the 2003 or 2006
IBC.  The IBC people don't want seismic provisions in the IBC at all.  They
to be able to refer to a seismic standard instead.  This is consistent with
way that the 2000 IBC refers to ACI 318 for concrete design, AISC for steel
design, ASCE 7 for wind loads, etc.  Now organizations are positioning
themselves over who will be in charge of the proposed seismic standards. 
ASCE?  NCSEA?  And how will SEAOC and its State Seismology Committee fit in?
Stay tuned.

In spite of the above, have a Happy Holiday and keep active with the SEAINT

Rick Drake, SE
Principal Structural Engineer
Fluor Daniel, Aliso Viejo<<