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On Aug 27, 2005, at 2:05 PM, gskwy(--nospam--at) wrote:

Actually, what I want to tell him is how the building would be different.
The difference, at its root, is the increased resistance to lateral loads. You could tell him that, but if he's a non-engineer, you'd have a tough time explaning notions like inertial loading and load paths. Maybe you could make up a 4 bar portal frame with Tinker toys and show how corner bracing or diagonal bracing makes the thing stiffer against lateral loading. Most of the non-engineers I know would be baffled by a set of plans.
Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)   | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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