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> From: "victor lee" <vlee1111(--nospam--at)>

> 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
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