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I whole heartedly agree with Paul on this issue.  AISC's Journal, for
example, is much more practical than ASCE's or ACI's Structural Journals
which are generally research papers for masters and PHD's programs.  The
research is important, no questions, as it leads to a greater
understanding of the materials.  However, direct implimentation of the
individual recommendations in the papers are not practical.

Paul Feather wrote:
> I feel compelled to jump in on this one.  We are a small firm, and yes the
> cost of codes and references is staggering.
> But in defense of the AISC, the AISC manuals are some of the most useful
> comprehensive design manuals available. 
Forrest T. Braun, P.E.
BBFM Engineers, Inc.
Ph (907)274-2236
Fx (907)274-2520
Anchorage, Alaska

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