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- From: "Dennis S. Wish" <dennis.wish(--nospam--at)gte.net>
- Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2000 00:50:59 -0700
- Cc: "SEAINT Listservice" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Our Website and Discussion forums (including our AEC-Residential Listservice is beginning to grow rapidly. I want to summarize a few of the features and let you, as professionals in the building industry, know what you can do to participate or even advise those who have questions (both technical and informational). Public Site: The Public website has not grown as fast I would like, however I am adding to the Public Discussion forum. Topics currently including: Choosing a Professional Engineer - including a discussion of Civil or Professional engineers and Structural Engineers Home Inspection Services - What not to expect by way of Structural inadequacies. Construction Quality Issues - education as to prescriptive verses full-compliance or engineered designs within the same code. Alternative Housing issues - Owner Builder, Steel Stud, Earth Berm, Strawbale, Alternative building solutions and what to expect in different areas of the country. Our public site is growing much more rapidly. On the website we currently have the following documents: 1. Gary Searer's submittal to the SEAOC Seismology Committee "Evaluation of the Reliability / Redundancy Factor - Rho" 2. "Two Tier Practice Act for Structural Engineer?s License" by John Shipp, Bill Warren and Teresa Castle 3. "Proposal - Establishment of the Academy of Structural Engineering - SEAOC Professional Licensing Committee" by Bill Warren - important document that further defines the responsibilities between SE-I and II. 4. "The Case For Licensing for Structural Engineer" by Dr. Gene Corley (SEAOI) which is an argument in favor of National Standards for licensing of Structural Engineers. The Code site contains: 1. "Revisions to the 97 Uniform Building Code Provisions" issues by the City of San Jose which includes a simplified methodology for full-compliance design of less than 3 story wood structures. 2. Forthcoming - City of Los Angeles - Information Document ST-12 - a simplified methodology for full-compliance design which has the support of 50 surrounding cities. Our Professional Discussion Forum is growing very rapidly. I have taken some liberties to transfer what I believe to be popular threads from both the SEAINT listservice (to avoid searching archives for this important data) and the Eng-tips forum. In some cases, such as software issues, the posts overlap and having them on one site allows users to come together to discuss or debate issues. The discussions include: 1. Full discussion of the 2-tiered Licensing proposal by SEAOC which urges other SEA chapters to unite with NCSEA for support of a national testing standard compliant with the NCEES exams. 2. Alternative and Proprietary Building Materials 3. Conventional vs. Full-Compliance discussions 4. Open Forum where engineers and architects (and other building industry professionals) can post issues for discussion or debate. 5. Code Interpretation - an accumulation of threads over the last year that deal with resolving code ambiguities through a professional consensus. 6. Professional Licensing Issues - an pro and con look at the National Licensing Standards proposed. 7. Specifications and Notes - an unusual forum which posts contributions of general notes and specifications from practicing professionals which can be downloaded for use. The last forum in the Professional site is the Structural Software Users Forums - a discussion forum for approximately 19 popular software packages and a general site for spreadsheet programming. Highly recommended as a one -stop peer-2-peer forum. Vendors are invited but not required to moderate. Mark Deardorff, SE has currently volunteered to moderate the Spread Sheet Forum. The final service under development is the Professional Portal which will include: 1. Electronic Catalogs from companies such as Simpson Strong Tie, Sweets and much more. 3. Compact (pull down) Java menus to links for actual documents (not price pages for ordering) including all of the current HUD documents for Residential Housing issues, FEMA drafts, AT-2 Committee drafts posted for review, NEHRP documents and as many "usable" online reference materials related to structural engineering that I can find. This is an on-going venture that will take time. The trick to success of these services is your involvement. I have spent a great deal of time creating these forums and believe that they can be of tremendous use to those of you who are already inundated with real-time Listservices. I would be remiss to mention our two very popular Listservices - the AEC-Residential List devoted to building industry professional Discussions on Housing AND our SE-Practice List - a list devoted to the issues related to the business side of running a professional practice. Both of these lists can be joined in Digest mode to minimize the number of e-mail messages to receive. I invite you to visit the Structuralist and participate in the professional forums and discussions. If you have links to usable reference materials or have sufficient weight to encourage professional associations to make their reference libraries available for online reference, I would be greatly appreciated. As always, I welcome your comments at admin(--nospam--at)structuralist.net. Regards, Dennis S. Wish, PE The Structuralist Administrator for: http://www.structuralist.net AEC-Residential Listservice admin(--nospam--at)structuralist.net (208) 361-5447 E-Fax The Structuralist is a Public, Professional and Educational website devoted to issues on Housing. You are invited to participate or simply visit our discussion forums at" http://www.structuralist.net/cgi-local/UltraBoard/UltraBoard.cgi NOTE: YOU MUST REGISTER (FREE) WITH THE SITE TO POST REPLIES OR MESSAGES. Our Residential Listservice is open to all professionals in the building industry and the discussions include code compliance issues as well as quality of construction, prescriptive vs. full compliance, present and future code development and more. The AEC-Residential List is by subscription (always free). 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