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It all depends on who is giving the deficinition.  For that matter, what is the definitive meaning of the term "safe"?  That a building will never, ever fall down under any circustances?  Or that it has  a .5%, 1%, 5% etc. annual probability of collapse?  Safe, structurally sound, adequate are all necessarily relative comparative terms.
For what it is worth.
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 -----Original Message-----
From: Alden Manipula [mailto:amanipula(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2000 1:33 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: definition

i really dislike the term "structurally sound", it seems like such a relative term to me.  what is the definitive meaning of "structurally sound"?
Alden Manipula
Structural E.I.T.
Nova Group, Inc.