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The better word would be "baseline", not "guideline". If rational engineering demonstrates that the resulting design is as conservative or more conservative than what the code prescribes, then it is not that difficult to convince the building official. However, in cases where code prescribes a certain construction or specific use of material, no amount of over-the-plan-check-counter engineering is going to satisfy the plan checker. 

Best regards,

Thomas Honles, SE, PE
Los Angeles, CA

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From: Polhemus, Bill [mailto:Bill.Polhemus(--nospam--at)tysonet.tyson.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2005 6:05 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: Special inspection and masonry allowables


-----Original Message-----
From: Jordan Truesdell, PE [mailto:seaint1(--nospam--at)truesdellengineering.com] 
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2005 5:30 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Special inspection and masonry allowables

The codes are still just a guideline. In  many placed in the 
code, the substitution of rational engineering is acceptable.
-----/Original Message-----

Well, to you and perhaps to me they are a "guideline." But often to
those whose opinions really count--building officials and building
inspectors--they are the tablets brought down from Sinai.


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