My response is simply " You have been lucky - You haven't been in the wrong
place at the wrong time - like those that contributed to the $20-Billion in
damage after the Northridge earthquake. May survived for seventy years with
no damage and then in one day....."
From: Greg Smith [mailto:strusup(--nospam--at)gte.net]
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2001 5:09 PM
Subject: Re: Yesterday's Comments
Comment 1. (Look real smart) and say: "The boundary element parameters
required seeding of the section moduli."
Comment 2. "you'll be seeing it for a long time now!"
Comment 3. "They changed the code last November."
I would let the owner know that the developer/contractor don't often do
calculations and going on 30 year old precidence is more expensive than a
12" wall (when the building official makes them remove the new 8"
From: Mitchell J. Sklar, MBA, P.E. <mitchsklar(--nospam--at)alumni.psu.edu>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Date: Monday, January 29, 2001 6:06 PM
Subject: Yesterday's Comments
>As a young engineer, I often find my self in a situation where the owner,
>developer, or the contractor responds with some of the following:
>"We built things this way thirty years ago, why are your designs so much
>"I've never seen designs like this in all my life."
>"This 8" retaining wall has worked for thirty years and you want to replace
>it with a 12" wall."
>Does any one have a good tactful and polite answer?
>Mitchell J. Sklar, PE