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How many times have you done field work or remodel or retrofit work of a
project where you could get your hands on both the original drawings and
specs.  Generally you're pretty lucky to get some drawings.  Think about the
next guy down the road when we're designing structural clouds in Heaven or
chimneys in Hell.  When a contractor calls me they are generally looking at
drawings and not the specs. if they can even be found on the jobsite.  I
like to put as much information in the structural notes as possible without
getting carried away with the old "unless noted otherwise" stuff.  That only
works to a point.

Joseph R. Grill, PE


----- Original Message -----
From: "Lutz, James" <JLUTZ(--nospam--at)earthtech.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 8:54 AM
Subject: General Structural Notes


> I am reviewing and marking up the general structural notes that are
included
> with our plans. Besides the usual minimum summary of loading assumptions
and
> materials strengths, there is a lot of stuff in there that is really more
> like specifications--concrete cover and lap lengths, bar support
> requirements, foundation preparation, etc. I think all these notes have
> accumulated over the years because it was assumed the workers in the field
> rarely if ever read the specifications, and it was more likely that people
> would pay attention if this information was on the plans. But the notes
> duplicate much of what is in the specs and can be the source of errors and
> inconsistencies and my inclination is to get rid of most of it. I think it
> is generally a mistake to try and say the same thing in more than one
place
> in the contract package.
>
> I am curious to what the practice of others is in this regard. Lots of
> general notes on the plans, or minimalism?
>
> Jim Lutz, P.E., S.E.
> Earth Tech, Inc.
>
> 10800 NE 8th Street - 7th Floor
> Bellevue, WA 98004
> (425) 455-9494
> (425) 453-9470 FAX
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