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Sorry.   I kind of guessed that you might be an architect.


At 09:39 AM 11/2/2007, you wrote:
Gee whiz?.really? What a great idea?..Why didn?t I think of that?
Thanks for the input Neil?.Unfortunately, that would give me exactly ONE opinion and as much as I respect the engineer I generally use, that wasn?t the point of the post.  I wanted to get a discussion going about more general strategies.  I guess we could just go back to the bio-diesel discussion if you?d prefer...

From: Neil Moore [ mailto:nma(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2007 8:59 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Earthquake-Proof Design
Hire a local structural engineer and a local geologist.

Neil Moore, SE, SECB

At 08:52 AM 11/2/2007, you wrote:

Listen, you clowns?I leave town for one day and come back to 93 messages about just about everything BUT engineering.  So, either I start a thread lambasting Prof. Astenah?s cheesy, stinkin? football team and how we Trojans will be up there soon to kick Bear, OR I will start a new thread about EQ design.
I?ll start with that and see if it morphs into a football board.
I have a client that bought a piece of land in North LA County.  I?ve been to the site and it?s a really pretty, sort of bucolic little area full of chaparral and butterflies.  Unfortunately, it also has, about a 3 wood away, the grinding fury of two continental tectonic plates sliding by each other. I think they call it The San Andreas Fault.
So, after the preliminary discussion wherein I say, ?There is no such thing as an earthquake-proof building?blah blah blah??, we got serious and he and I agreed that I would try to get as close as I could by affecting the design in such a way that the threat could be minimized.
So, with that in mind, I told him, for instance:  Tall building?   Not so much?.Irregular building with re-entrant corners?.not so much?.Now, more broadly, the question for the board:
What are the other various strategies that would minimize the risk?