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Seismic Design Manual Vol. II, in its example on page 74 shows that the
Hold-Down is designed for Omega Level force when it is a discontinuous
shearwall in an upper floor.

My interpretation of the code language (UBC 1630.8.2.1) is that only the
Beam supporting the shearwall above needs to be designed for the compressive
and tension forces at the shearwall ends using Omega level forces.

Anyone want to clarify this for me?


Gerard Madden, PE
Design Group Manager

Duquette Engineering
10 South Third Street
San Jose, CA 95113
T: 408.494.0944 - ext 102
F: 408.494.0940
E: gmadden(--nospam--at)

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