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RE: FEMA 350, 351, 352, 353

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I have had permits where moment frame connections were designed per the 90% FEMA 350 draft.  The UBC and IBC [1997 AISC Seismic] require cyclic testing for special moment frame connections and allow ordinary moment frame connections to be based on cyclic testing.
I would consider moment frame connections designed within the parameters of FEMA 350 to be considered to meet the code cyclic testing requirements without additional cyclic testing.
Scott M Haan P.E.
Plan Review Engineer
Building Safety Division
Development Services Department
Municipality of Anchorage
phone:907-343-8183  fax:907-249-7399
-----Original Message-----
From: Russell Berkowitz [mailto:seaonc2(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 10:01 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: FEMA 350, 351, 352, 353

I would like to get a feel of who is using the FEMA 350 series for design of new structures.  Has anybody ran into a juristiction that is requiring its use of portions thereof.  Nobody up here in Northern California, be it structural enginners or city plan checkers seem to know what to do with the documents exactly.
Thanks in advance;
Russell Berkowitz
San Francisco, CA