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RE: Earthquake Loads UBC 97-IBC2000-2003

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I would agree that the 1997 UBC was written more clearly than the IBC for
this information. This Section of the IBC definitely could use some

William C. Sherman, PE
(Bill Sherman)
CDM, Denver, CO
Phone: 303-298-1311
Fax: 303-293-8236
email: shermanwc(--nospam--at)


	From: prmeng(--nospam--at) [mailto:prmeng(--nospam--at)] 
	Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 11:36 AM
	To: seaint(--nospam--at)
	Subject: Earthquake Loads UBC 97-IBC2000-2003
	UBC 97 Section 1630.1.1 has Eq. (30-1) where the term Eh is included
as part of E and is defined  as V or Fp, When I go to look at IBC 2000 and
2003 noticed that Section 1617.1.1 now includes a term called Qe that is
defined as "The effect of horizontal seismic forces" but nothing else is
provided that refers to the V or Fp, It would be good that IBC elaborates
more on the definition of Qe and provides some language in the definition
that points the reader to the V and Fp expressions for the horizontal
seismic forces.

	Any Comments from anyone on this ?

	pedro r. muñoz, Ph.D., P.E.
	PRM Engineering, LLC
	Haverhill, MA 

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