What a great story, and what a great Engineer. They need to teach that
story as a separate course in the engineering colleges, and to re-publish it
at least once a year in the professional magazines.
I urge EVERY engineer to read the story in its ENTIRETY.
As for the calcs... My design often comes back from the plancheck with some
irrelevant, ignorant, or simply wierd questions or comments. IMO, even such
"plancheck" has a positive impact on the engineering by making me take
another look at my work and at the problem in general. As little time as I
(and everybody else) have for the plancheck responses - I would vote for the
mandatory submittal of formal structural analysis packages (as it is being
practiced in CA, anyway).
Steve Gordin, SE, PhD
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