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True, the steel structure may not have "extra" capoacity. The engineer
responsible for the revision must still check the affected structure.  

The foundations for many buildings will be built with resistance in the
plane of the braced wall that is much greater than bracing requirements
per metal building design reactions because:
a) other apsects control OR
b) a single pier/footing design has been used at all column locations
(minimize engineering, minimize effects of late architectural changes
and reduce field confusion).

Caveats abound. Codes change.


> From: "Stuart, Matthew" <mstuart(--nospam--at)>

> That has not been my experience with pre-engineered buildings and
> foundations. Not really any extra fat designed into these types of
> buildings, if you don't need it to begin with (and no future expansion
> was anticipated) then it just isn't there.

> > From: "Stuart, Matthew" <mstuart(--nospam--at)>
> =20
> > I would be more concerned about how you are going to reinforce the =3D
> > adjacent columns and foundations for the vertical component of the new
> =3D
> > X-brace.
> Depending on the magnitude of the bracing forces in the original
> building and the fondation configuration, it is possible that all
> foundation locations are equally competent wrt bracing.

R. Paul Ransom, P. Eng.
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
<mailto:ado26(--nospam--at)> <>

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