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Building Codes are a giant conspiracy to sell books.  Are engineers really
professionals or just serfs?  Try not buying your new locally adopted code
books, and you cannot practice your trade in the local market place.  Try
not paying your taxes and watch the local, state or federal aristocrats kick
you off their land.  Try not paying your mortgage and watch the banker
aristocrats kick you off their land. Come into the world with nothing and
leave with nothing.  Merry Christmas.

-----Original Message-----
From: David Merrick [mailto:MRKGP(--nospam--at)winfirst.com] 
Sent: Monday, December 19, 2005 10:40 AM
To: SEAINT
Subject: Costly seminars and Code corrections

Web Seminars $225, $2 for each additional person. This is cheap for a 
minority of larger companies.
How about the Slab Seminars for over $1000?

I recall that seminars did cost as much as it took to rent the hall. The 
benefits for the lecturer were to fulfill the need to give back to the 
engineering community, to have the honor to list such on a resume and to 
be recognized to hire the best engineers. This still is the case but now 
what is that extra money being used for? To insure a standard of care, 
lectures should be given in a free format that all receive with feedback 
possible from all engineers.

The seminars that I have recently participated in came with a bag of 
secrete interpretations for code flaws. This is a motive to pay the big 
bucks, see all seminars, or to be left out. Or, is it that the 
interpretations are being left out of a standard of care by being 
restricted to a minority of engineers?

Such corrections or interpretations should not be considered a standard 
of care when only a minority population has the privilege of hearing 
about them and responding to them. Many interpretations may be reducing 
quality, and not be needed other than for a false competative edge.

The seemingly highest participation is on this list-service. This 
list-service may be the true source for a standard of care to interpret 
short comings of the code. I notice that many code writing participants 
and lecturers are not participating on this list service. If they hold 
special ideas for their lectures that are limited to a minority of 
engineers then those ideas, are probably not of a general standard of care.

This new system of high seminar costs and specialized lecturers is fresh 
and works. The monetary return for poorly written codes is a system 
easily corruptible. I suggest that Seminars should be on-line and free, 
supported by membership dues, open to all including non-members, 
lecturers donating time.

-- 
David Merrick, Structural Engineer


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