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Is anyone familiar or had experience with "amusement structures"? I am 
reviewing some calculations for a waterslide structure and they have 
omitted all seismic calculations (we are in seismic zone 3) with a blanket 
statement "wind load governs" (we are only 80 mph,  exp. B). The load 
comparison done shows the seismic and wind loads to be somewhat close in 
value. In section 1634.1.2 it states that the redundancy factor may be 
taken as 1.0 for non-building structures. If there was a structural system 
that is not redundant, wouldn't a cantilevered column system such as this 
be it? Looking through he table 16P all the non-building structures are 
generally not going to have hundreds of children running over them at any 
given point in time, so that is the reason I am concerned. Also, in a 
cantilevered column system, shouldn't the base plate weld to the column and 
the plate itself be subject to omega level forces and the detailing 
requirements of chapter 16 and 22?


Aaron Burkhardt, P.E.
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Portland, OR