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I have had an experience with the Simpson Anchor Tie down system.  The designing software that is available is a great tool.  Although detailing of this system is well defined, this system in context of the other framing requires additional detailing and installation consideration.  A couple of items that resulted in field issues for the framer were wall plate continuity and continuous compression elements through the floor depth.  I'm sure there are framers who would have been experienced enough to not have these issues but this was my experience.  In addition, during design, in some of the walls, the rod elongation at the fourth floor was exceeding the allowable as prescribed by the jurisdiction.  As a solution, we designed tube columns as hold downs at the first floor.  
-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Freeman [mailto:robert.freeman(--nospam--at)idsse.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 11:41 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Multi Story Wood structure

Ramesh:
 
Designing a multi-story wood structure, you may want to take advantage of Simpson's Anchor Tiedown system.  It is very economical for repetitive shear walls at multiple floors. 
 
With Joy and Hope,
Bob Freeman,
Architect
Structural Designer 
Integrated Design Services, Inc.
(949) 387-8500