Are you playing the devil's advocate or are you really so provincial?
IF, in fact, there is a design approach that is both easier to use AND
more accurate (thus holding out economic benefits to both engineer and
owner), it seems like the height of foolishness to ignore it simply
because it wasn't developed by Americans.
At the risk of stepping on your patriotic fervor, I believe that if
you examine the world scene without regard to national boundaries you
will find that "most of the preeminent engineers in the world" DO NOT
"come to the U.S.A. to study AND to work." PERHAPS close to half of
the "preeminent engineers" study OR work in the U.S. at some time. I
say perhaps because I haven't seen any real evidence to that effect.
Basing that conclusion on what is reported by the American media is
faulty unless your definition of "preeminent" is "what I personally
As a member of the International Association for Bridge and Structural
Engineering, I can assure you that the U.S. does not have a monopoly
on impressive engineering.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Polhemus, Bill [mailto:wlpolhemus(--nospam--at)sbinfra.com]
> Sent: Monday, May 01, 2000 10:57 AM
> To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
> Subject: RE: What does AISC's Research Show? (Was: ASD vs. LRFD)
> But the question becomes:
> Lead who?
> Follow what?
> Get out of WHOSE way?
> The problem with this view is that we are typically designing U.S.
> structures for U.S. sites and U.S. clients. Therefore, it
> becomes moot
> whether the Canadian steel design code is better, unless
> you're designing
> for Canada.
> What is the size of the market for structural engineering
> services in
> And while we're at it, why is it that most of the
> preeminent engineers in
> the world seem to like to come to the U.S.A. to study AND
> to work? Do you
> think they really fret about "neanderthal design codes" in
> the process? Do
> you think there's something else going on in their minds
> unrelated to such
> At the risk of sounding like one of the Buchanan Brigades:
> U.S.A. First, Last and Always!