I'D be more interested in what a more "scientific" and (hopefully)
all-inclusive survey would show.
I ASSUME (please let me know, Charlie) that AISC has done and perhaps
continues to do polling in this area.
So what does this research show? What's the TRUE answer?
BTW, I was very surprised at a comment from one of our newer engineers, a
young lady just pre-PE exam, who came on board from a notable structural
engineering firm here in Houston the name of which would probably be
familiar to most of you.
Her comment was "at ____________, we ONLY used LRFD. I didn't know ANYONE
used ASD anymore!"
As I say, a fascinating tidbit.
From: Scott E Maxwell [mailto:smaxwell(--nospam--at)engin.umich.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2000 10:21 PM
Subject: ASD vs. LRFD
First, let me apologize to the rest of the list for opening this can of
I am doing and informal survey to see how many people still use ASD.
I am NOT trying find which method is better or why, but just trying to
see how many people have made the switch.
Now, a simple question for you...which of the following best describes the
use of steel design methods in your offce:
1) Only use ASD
2) Only use LRFD
3) Mainly use ASD but some LRFD
4) Mainly use LRFD but some ASD
Scott Maxwell, SE, PE