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Jim 

In our jurisdiction, as in many other large jurisdictions in California, The
structural specs should be placed on the drawings. Our experience has been
that, unless you place all the relevant life safety information for a
building on the plans, things have a tendency of getting overlooked. If
someone needs to know the color of the carpeting, or the type of paint on
the wall, they can always refer to the specs. However, the critical
information should be all at one central location, which is one the plans. 

Ben Yousefi, SE
San Jose, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Lutz, James [mailto:JLUTZ(--nospam--at)earthtech.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 8:55 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
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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