How can proper judgment be used without adequate knowledge? Most of us
counted on these design guides for a very long time to provide guidance on
the interpretation and use of the seismic requirements of the 97 UBC. They
were supposed to be more than just simple aids! If the design manual is full
of errors, and there is no concessus even amongst the code authors, how can
one make an educated judgment call? Could someone for a change stand up, and
I don't want to hear any more excuses. If the code originally had been more
thought out and not rushed into, these design manuals would not even be
needed. Can anyone remember the last time such manuals were needed?
In a message dated 5/15/00 11:54:51 AM Pacific Daylight Time, Dahl(--nospam--at)deainc.com
<< agree with Shafat's comments, this manual should be concidered an aid,
not the "scripture". Do any of you have error free text books. You need to
use your judgement.