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Not ego. Money.

Scott M Haan P.E.
Plan Review Engineer
Building Safety Division http://www.muni.org/building
Development Services Department
Municipality of Anchorage
phone:907-343-8183  fax:907-249-7399
mailto:haansm(--nospam--at)ci.anchorage.ak.us



-----Original Message-----
From: Padmanabhan Rajendran [mailto:rakamaka(--nospam--at)yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2001 8:41 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: FWD: In Re: "The ICC and NFPA's Tug Of War"


Bill,

I don't own a company, but as a practising engineer, I
do share your concerns.  I wished we had one code or
standard for each subject that will be used
nationally. Codes and standards aside, we have
"clients" standards too to add to the confusion. Does
it all arise out of ego?

Rajendran 
--- Bill Polhemus <bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc> wrote:
> Not knowing if this letter to the editor of
> Structural Engineer magazine
> (regarding their article on the apparent competing
> building codes--IBC and
> NFPA 5000--with which we are apparently going to
> have to deal) will be
> published, I thought I'd post it here for perusal
> and comment:
> 
> ----------------BEGIN FORWARDED
> MESSAGE-------------------------------
> I just read with interest the referenced article.
> 
> As an owner of a one-man structural engineering
> practice, I'd like to give a
> little input and perspective about an implication of
> this controversy that
> is likely NOT uppermost in the minds of the movers
> and shakers of the
> code-writing bodies.
> 
> I live and practice near Houston. Texas does not
> have a state-wide building
> code. The City of Houston uses UBC, but most other
> outlying cities and
> unincorporated areas use SBC. However, one of the
> larger suburbs, Pasadena,
> uses NBC!
> 
> So I have to have the appropriate volumes of EACH of
> these building codes
> available in my library, and of course must update
> them as subsequent
> revisions are issued and adopted. This is NOT an
> inconsiderable expense for
> a firm like mine, where every dime has to be
> squeezed for what it's worth.
> 
> Add to that the necessity of keeping up-to-date
> versions of the applicablle
> ACI, AISC, AISI, AF&PA, TMS and other design
> standards, and it is quite easy
> for me to spend thousands of dollars just in keeping
> "state of the art" with
> my design reference works each year.
> 
> I have not yet spent the money on the IBC, as it
> isn't even on the horizon
> yet in my locality, but I'm sure it will be
> eventually. But it would have
> been nice to think that I was only going to have to
> worry about purchasing a
> single building code update from time to time, but
> with the announcement of
> NFPA 5000, it looks as though there will have to be
> at least TWO. Again,
> this is not an inconsiderable expense for my small
> firm, and I would venture
> to guess that there are many, many others in my
> predicament.
> 
> As a sidebar, with the promise of NFPA's offering, I
> may well see the time
> when I have to juggle FIVE building codes (as some
> of the smaller
> jurisdictions won't bother to adopt the later codes)
> just to make sure I
> have the standard needed for a particular project!
> What a mass of confusion!
> Sincerely,
> 
> William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
> Polhemus Engineering Company
> Katy, Texas
> Phone 281-492-2251
> Fax 281-492-8203
> 
> ----------------END FORWARDED
> MESSAGE-------------------------------
> 
> 
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