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To a large extent it relies a lot on a general knowledge of the area
your projects are located combined with topographic maps.  Generally
site surveys show only the project property and not surrounding
topography which may influence the designs.  Site visits are the best
but most often are not part of the structural fee structure when working
as a consultant, especially when long distance travel is required. 
Working with the client to get photos of the surrounding area helps but
photos can be deseptive.  Architects always make (or at least should
make) sites visits during their planning phases.  Get them to take
photos of the surrounding area for a feel of the area.  If Structural is
lead then we should be doing the site visit.  Education of our clients
regarding the code provisions is also important, especially if the
provisions are a significant change.  This always takes time especially
of the client is not very familiar with the codes to begin with.  Also
it helps a lot if you have a building department/official that insists
that the structural observations/special inspections of the code are
complied with.  The first time the client goes throgh the permitting
process, he'll get nailed with these and have to get back to you.  Be
sure to include/exclude these features in you fee proposal in writing.

> "Bobby Jenkins, PE" wrote:
> Greetings and Salutations:
> Our primary market area is the state of Mississippi and the states
> immediately surrounding Mississippi.  We have been under the Standard
> Building Code but see the 2000 IBC being adopted in various
> locations.  None of the building code officials or any of the
> architects we deal with have any idea about the contents and changes
> in Chapter 16.  We are spending a great deal of time educating  the
> architects to the impact of the new code.
> My question is this:
> How are the rest of you getting the information you need to be able to
> set up and analyze the wind forces?
> The clients we have now are not willing to pay a fee adequate for what
> we would consider a full structural package - ie:  preliminary design,
> site assessment, design, inspections, etc.  Our fee often is not
> adequate to cover the design costs.  The architects simply see this as
> another means of jacking up our suppressed fees.  We have dug in on a
> couple of projects indicating that we could not start work until they
> could provide the answers to issues raised in Section 1609.6.
> Your thoughts will be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks!
> Bobby Jenkins, PE
> Jenkins Engineering, Inc.
> PO Box 2101
> 218 S Thomas St  Suite 209
> Tupelo, MS  38803
> (662) 840.1233 vocal
> (662) 840.1103 fax
> E-Mail:  jei(--nospam--at)

Forrest T. Braun, P.E.
BBFM Engineers, Inc.
Ph (907)274-2236
Fx (907)274-2520
Anchorage, Alaska

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