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For those of you interested in reading the subject article referred to, go
to http://www.ocregister.com/business/sideplate01128cci2.shtml.

Henry Gallart, S.E.
Vice President
SidePlate Systems, Inc.
5300 Orange Ave, Suite 214
Cypress, CA 90630
tel:  800-475-2077
fax: 714-995-6395
www.sideplate.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "desi j kiss" <djkiss55(--nospam--at)juno.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 5:41 AM
Subject: Side Plate Systems - Eureka Moment


> There is an article that was published today in the Orange County
> Register with
> regards to the Side Plate System (Eureka Moment).    The "Sandwiching
> solution"
> uses steel plates on either side in a reinforced beam-to-column
> connection, to
> transfer the load from the beam to the column.   The beams are not in
> contact
> with the columns eliminating stress concentrations.   The side plates
> solution
> uses fillet welds and the forces would be distributed to the plates,
> which would
> remain connected, enabling the floor of a structure to remain standing
> even if
> an entire column was taken out during an earthquake or say during a blast
> from
> a bomb, etc.
>
> I would like hear the PROs and CONs of this relatively new method (i.e.
> since 1995
> when the first prototype testing was performed).
>
> Thank you in advance.
>
> Desi J. Kiss, P.E.
>
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