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I prefer the commentary in the side by side format.  Makes it so you don't
have to flip from the code to the commentary and back again to make sense
out of it.  Also gives some white space to make notes in.

Conrad

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lutz, James" <JLUTZ(--nospam--at)earthtech.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2001 3:21 PM
Subject: RE: ACI 318 - request for comments for improvements


> When I read your post, I blew the dust off my ACI 318-63 from college days
> just to get a feel for whether things were all that different in scope
from
> 28 years ago. Except for format changes, formula refinements, and the
> addition of commentary, I don't think the amount of work involved in
> concrete design is radically different from the "good old days." If
> anything, the advent of cheap computers, spreadsheets, and affordable
> software have made the design (if not the detailing) of concrete easier.
>
> I think ACI 318 is a pretty good code, and tinkering with it just to try
and
> make it more "user friendly" isn't going to make concrete any more
> attractive.
>
> If you have any influence with PCA, though, I wish they would provide a
> proper index in the back to make it easier to find relevant information in
> their "Notes on ACI 318" design publication. I also preferred the earlier
> format for printing the Commentary to ACI 318 as a separate section (like
> AISC does) rather than side by side with the code itself.
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott.Maxwell(--nospam--at)aci-int.org [mailto:Scott.Maxwell(--nospam--at)aci-int.org]
> Sent: Friday, June 08, 2001 12:15 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: ACI 318 - request for comments for improvements
>
>
> Greetings:
>
> I would like to see if you would provide us with a little assistance,
which
> ultimately could end up helping yourself.
>
> ACI has heard and received comments about the complexity of the ACI 318
> concrete code.  Some surveys have suggested that more structural engineers
> prefer to design in steel than in concrete.  Some use these surveys to
> conclude that the ACI 318 code is a major contributor to this preference.
> This concern has been expressed to ACI by several of the major concrete
> trade associations.
>
> We would like to conduct a survey to attempt to determine what areas of
the
> code need improvement or clarification (note, I hesitate to use the word
> "simplification").  The hope is to get some feedback on how to improve the
> 318 code to make it more useful and user-friendly.
>
> We are currently at a loss, however, as to how approach this problem,
> especially since the code itself is rather large, making it difficult to
> focus in on particular problems.  We are hoping that you might be willing
> to offer some ideas.  For example, what areas of the ACI 318 code do you
> find too complex or burdensome to use?  Basically, we are looking for you
> to share with us some of you experiences and thoughts on using this code.
> We hope that this will help us craft a more through survey that will allow
> us to determine how we can make the ACI 318 code a better, more
> user-friendly document.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Scott
>
> _____________________________________________
> Scott E. Maxwell, PE, SE
> Structural Engineer
>
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>
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