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- To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
- Subject: RE: California Building Code seismic provisions.
- From: "Sprague, Harold O." <SpragueHO(--nospam--at)bv.com>
- Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 09:28:43 -0600
Jake, I believe the question of FEMA funding has already been addressed. The issue of special inspection is different. In many municipalities, special inspection is performed under the supervision of a licensed engineer. But most licensed engineers aren't good special inspectors. And many special inspectors are not qualified. I would highly recommend that engineers to go through the ICBO lecture and take the exam for special inspection. I would recommend anyone to look at the qualifications for special inspectors on the Kansas City, MO building department web site http://www.kcmo.org/kcmo.nsf/web/home?opendocument. The tragedy of the Hyatt has borne fruit. Regards, Harold Sprague > -----Original Message----- > From: Jake Watson [SMTP:jwatson(--nospam--at)inconnect.com] > Sent: Friday, December 24, 1999 1:07 PM > To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org > Subject: Re: California Building Code seismic provisions. > > Correct me if I am wrong, but FEMA will only refuse money if a state > adopts standards that are less stringent that a nation standard > (FEMA/NEHRP). So if California and were to amend stricter standards > (Blue book) then there is no violation and FEMA will be happy. Why > would FEMA complain if California enforced tougher codes? > Secondly, enforcement was mentioned in another thread. Here in > Utah, > special inspection seams to be a four letter word. Larger buildings > will use it, but only if absolutely necessary. What could be done to > encourage owners, contractors, and building officials to use special > inspection or similar methods more often? Furthermore, is there a way > to train inspectors in ways of engineering? Or am I naive in the > thoughts that inspectors should know the code as well as we do? > > Happy Holidays, > Jake Watson, E.I.T. > Salt Lake City, UT
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