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Re: Are wood shearwalls going out of fashion, or what ?

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Kevin - 

Don't blame your client....  Unless you can establish that the
additional construction cost is necessary, then why would he want to
fork over the additional dough?  

You could always offer that client a free review of the other engineers
design.  The point being that you can point out any aggregious code
violations and let your client know exactly what they're getting by
going with crappy engineering.

None of us want to work for free..., but it's one way to establish a,
trusting relationship with that client.  Plus, you will see if that
engineer really is truly designing structures that don't meet code. If
so,  then you will have some ammunition when you report him to the board
for disciplinary action.  If the structure meets code, then you will
have learned a little more about what that engineer does with his design
that helps to reduce construction cost.  


Josh Plummer, SE

RISA Technologies
From: Kevin Below <kevinbelow(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Are wood shearwalls going out of fashion, or what ?
To: seaint(--nospam--at)

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It looks I will be replaced as engineer on a series of condo buildings
in the province of Quebec, because my design incorporates anchorages,
holddowns, and - heaven forbid - OSB panels on several interior
partitions, as well as the perimeter walls.  I even specified nail
spacings and other untofore-seen inanities. The sub-contractor for the
walls and (Hambro) joists had never seen that sort of thing before.  So
he offered the services of his usual engineer, who told my client that
these unnecessary items would cost about $100,000.  The client says he's
confused, and he'll have to go with the engineer who saves him the most
money. =20 So, I guess it pays to be ignorant.  That engineer, I deduce,
has probably not changed his methods from the days (about 15 years ago),
when bracing for wood-frame buildings here was automatically simply a
plywood panel at each end of each main exterior wall (a total of 8
panels per storey).  But this building is 4 stories, and has lots of
wide openings in the end walls (sliding doors and windows on about 70
%).  It is hopelessly inadequate without interior partitions as shear
walls, in both directions. =20 Oh well, I'll get over it.  I may have to
call the Ordre des = Ing=E9nieurs, because the public safety is
involved. =20 Losing those contracts will give me more time to seek out
clients with a little more scruple. =20 Kevin Below, ing., Ph.D.

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