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List,
The codes are the tools we work with.  Having to pay
for them is no different than lawyers buying law
books or a carpenter having to buy a saw.
Gary

On 26 Sep 2004 at 9:46, Carter, Charlie wrote:

> >Hey, wouldn't it be nice if the codes were available online "free"?
> 
> AISC does this for you for steel (www.aisc.org/epubs). However, every
> code and standard development organization has to find some way to
> bear the costs associated -- and recoup them, including overhead.
> Since most others do that directly on sales of the documents
> themselves, I would not hold my breath for all building codes and
> related documents to be free.
> 
> Speaking as a structural engineer (as opposed to as an employee of
> AISC), I think the argument that codes should be free to us puts us at
> the precipice of a slippery slope. This seems to be an argument based
> upon the premise that we are required to use these documents, there
> are so many of them, and they all cost so much. However, look at our
> own work product with that same thought process. Our services are
> required by law, for every structure, and the fees are so high (from
> the client's perspective). Thus, a cynical client would exploit the
> same argument above to say SE services should be free.
> 
> Charlie
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