> From: "victor lee" <vlee1111(--nospam--at)hotmail.com>
> When somebody tells me, a certain design has always worked for him and
> others before him, I have a standard response.
> We design structures to UBC Code (or other as the case may be). Most
> structures are designed to a seismic event which has a return frequency of
> approximately 500 years. That earthquake may come tonight, or it may come
> When that design event happens, we will know the truth and hopefully find
> out who was right if we survive that event. We, structural engineers have
> to go by the design code and a code of ethics for public safety. Conveyed
> in a polite, decent manner, the customer gets the idea. At least that is
> what I hope.
Or they leave, thinking, "damned engineers are overdesigning, again ..."
Paul Ransom, P. Eng.
Burlington, Ontario, Canada