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I use IBC's table 1604.5 abbreviations, Ie, Is, and Iw. I've never listed an ice load. I couldn't find a convention in ASCE 7-98.


From: "Chris Banbury" <cbanbury(--nospam--at)>
Reply-To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Importance Factors
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 17:14:49 -0400

Is there a convention for designating the various Importance factors for wind, seismic, ice & snow? I've seen Iw for the wind importance factor and Ii for ice but I don't think ASCE 7 is very helpful otherwise.

Thanks in advance.

Christopher A. Banbury, PE
Vice President
Nicholson Engineering Associates, Inc.
7468 Horse Lake RD Brooksville, FL 34601
(352) 799-0170 (o)  (352) 754-9167 (f)

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