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Why do you feel compelled to give the Owner a warranty that your
calculations and specifications conform, in all aspects,  to the codes
specified?   It is my understanding that we need only exercise the normal
standard of care in our profession.

It has been my practice to submit strucutral calculations without
commentary.  I have never had a problem with this practice.  Just  give
them a transmittal listing the structural calculations.

Also since the UBC either incorporates or references the applicable codes
why is it necessary to list them individually?  Are you designing to
criteria other than specified in the building code?

Mark Gilligan

From: "Paul Feather" <pfeather(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Re: Calculation Submittal

I will try to cut and paste, hope the formatting works:


All calculations and specifications conform to the established guidelines
set forth by:

Uniform Building Code (UBC)
1997 Edition, Second Printing
International Conference of Building Officials
5360 S. Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California  90601

Manual of Steel Construction, Allowable Stress Design (AISC)
Ninth edition, Third Printing
American Institute of Steel Construction
1 E. Wacker Drive Suite 3100, Chicago, Illinois 60601

Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI)
ACI 318-95
American Concrete Institute
Box 19150, Redford Station, Detroit, Michigan  48219

National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS)
National Forest Products Association
1250 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C.  20036

In the event of a conflict in the specifications, the UBC governs.

We then go on to list the table of contents, then design loads, then
vertical calcs, lateral calcs, foundation calcs, any other calcs that may

Paul Feather
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mitchell J. Sklar" <MJS(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 9:12 AM
Subject: RE: Calculation Submittal

This is what I am more or less looking for. Do you have an expanded

Mitchell J. Sklar, P.E.
Senior Structural Engineer

BALA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
p 610-649-8000 x345
f 610-649-8475

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Feather [mailto:pfeather(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2001 12:14 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Calculation Submittal

Our approach is to include a Section titled Basis of Design on the first
page after the cover that states "All calculations and specifications
conform to the established guidelines set forth by: " , then list the
various applicable codes (building and material), and at the end state
the event of a conflict in the specifications, the Uniform Building Code

We always submit calculations, being on the west coast, and we consider
sufficient.  What else are you specifically trying to convey in the


Paul Feather

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