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Betcha there's not a lot of "little" people like Dennis and myself, who work alone and design houses (structures) under fairly intense time and economic pressure on those committees.  We don't have the time to serve on national committees.

IIRC about 30 years ago residential wind design for the most part consisted of applying 25 psf to the elevation and designing the resisting system from there.  Is the new, more complex methodology any "better" for small structures?  Or is it just forcing a complex system that may be applicable to large structures onto small structures (and their designers)? 

As someone so famously once asked:  "Where are the bodies?"

Ralph Hueston Kratz, S.E.
Richmond CA USA

In a message dated 10/22/07 8:55:26 AM, William.N.Scott(--nospam--at)conocophillips.com writes:
Actually, the committee is balanced between academic, practicing,
public, and industry people.

-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Wright [mailto:chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com]
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 7:00 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: ASCE 7-05


On Oct 22, 2007, at 6:58 AM, Gary L. Hodgson and Assoc. wrote:

> after reading the seismic requirements three times I was totally 
> lost and thought the problem was me.  So I called a friend at a 
> large engineering company who was assistant head of the industrial 
> department and he said the ASCE seismic parts seem to go in circles.
I bet if you'd look at the committee membership, you'd see a high 
percentage of academic input. I sound like some kind of populist 
loonie, but I'm anything but. The problem is that too many academics 
have gone straight from grad school to teaching which is like 
quenching without tempering.engineers need to learn to express 
findings and instructions simply, precisely and unambiguously just as 
much as they need scientific rigor.

> We agreed to ignore it and use the UBC, I believe.  I wrote a 
> letter of complaint to ASCE and heard nothing back.
I bet you'd hear something back if you volunteered to serve on the 
committee.

Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com   | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 
1864)
http://www.skypoint.com/~chrisw/



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