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I guess we could treat the wind boundary something like we do earthquake
fault lines - the further away you get, the lesser the earthquake loads.
For a wind speed demarcation, we could say buildings within x feet have
a 85 mph wind speed, 2x feet have a 90 mph wind speed, etc.  But I like
the simplification.  This stuff ain't rocket science, contrary to what
ASCE would lead you to believe.

Bob

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc]
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2005 1:42 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: wind lines and jurisdictions

> It seems a little silly for a structural engineer to demark a wind
zone
> that
> precisely given the uncertainties in other loads, material quality,
> construction quality, and end user abuse.

I doubt that "a structural engineer" had anything to do with it. The
windspeed maps are, after all, illustrative of a "continuum."

I assure you that some gub'mint official somewhere decided it (and I'll
bet you anything some politician's place of business is on the "80 mph"
side of the street!)


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