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RE: Wind Loads - UBC 97 vs ASCE 7

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Assuming ASCE7 = ASCE7-95 or newer,
110 mph ASCE7 is not the same as 110 mph UBC 97.  This is the 3 second gust wind versus the 50 yr wind that has been talked about in previous discussions...  Depending on the actual factors involved (ht, exposure, primary framing vs components and cladding, influence area, etc.) the 110 mph UBC 97 wind may be heavier than the 110 mph ASCE7 wind and will be for most of those variations.  I don't have either of those codes personally in front of me at this time to verify actual numbers or equations.  But would have access at the end of next week if you are still needing assistance.
Hope this helps,
Greg Effland, P.E.
-----Original Message-----
From: M. David Finley, P.E. [mailto:pec(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 10:44 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Wind Loads - UBC 97 vs ASCE 7

A client has asked me to design the footings for a concrete batch plant.  The manufacturer has provided all of the column reactions from the manufacturer, but they are based upon 110 mph wind per UBC 97.  Being an East coast guy, I have no experience with the UBC.
I will be using ASCE 7 in order to comply with the Florida Building Code.  The design wind speed for the area is 110 mph.
Can anyone familiar with both codes tell me what, if any, major differences exist between the wind load provisions of UBC '97 and ASCE 7?
M. David Finley, P.E.
3810 South First Street - Suite 7
Lake City, FL  32025