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-----Original Message-----
From: Honles, Thomas [mailto:Thomas.Honles(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2005 10:53 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Special inspection and masonry allowables

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.
-----/Original Message-----

I must be fair, here.

In my experience in Houston and vicinity, an engineer's seal is all
that's needed to pass muster. The building official, plan checker,
what-have-you, will approve essentially anything "structural" with an
engineer's seal on it.

I was speaking out of turn in my comment, basing it on the accounts
given here by others of "arguments" with esp. plan checkers over the
adequacy of designs. Since they are given authority to accept or reject
apparently based on their understanding as non-engineers, it isn't
surprising that we've read several accounts here of frustrating
encounters by structural engineers with these dedicated public servants.

In many instances, as I've understood it, it has come down to the
CHECKER'S understanding of the building code requirements, rather than
the engineer's. As our unofficial SEAINT poet-laureate, Mr. Lutz, has
said, these tales have left me with "my head spinning, slightly bent,
from wonder-ing and wonder-ment..."

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