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I agree with you.  While it is often difficult to remember that somewhere, someone else has to read the calcs, it is important that we remind ourselves to coordinate our drawings with the arithmetic we are carrying out.  I often used to complain that the calcs should be able to be read by a third party with no previous knowledge of the project.  That being said, more than one text book in this world is grossly guilty of just that!
When I practised in New Zealand I did many structural checks and had the same comment.  Even doing in-house checking I would find that significant design judgments made on one or two lines of simple unintelligible calculation.  Try telling a senior supervisor to clean up his act...?? :-).  It was often frustrating if I had to assure the design was competent.
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Sent: Tuesday, February 29, 2000 11:11 PM
Subject: RE: How about a private listservice for Plan Check Engineers?

Thanks for the response Ben. I've been doing plan review on a contracted
bases for almost seven years now. I have to admit that with the enforcement
of the 97 code it I feel that I have to go back to school. I spent a great
deal of time developing the spreadsheet software that I donated to SEAOC -
still, the analysis that I receive from other engineers looks foreign most
of the time.
My biggest complaint is that the engineer does not