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You're starting to sound like an OF, Richard.

:o)

T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.
ALLEN DESIGNS
Consulting Structural Engineers

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard L. Hess [mailto:RLHess(--nospam--at)HessEng.com]
> Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 2:33 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: New and hopefully useful web site
> 
> Has anyone thought of going out to some construction sites to see how
> contractors are trying to straighten out some of those computer created
> "solutions" so the building will stand up?
> I suggest spending more time in the real (as opposed to virtual) world to
> define how the structure should be designed instead of collecting someone
> else's calculations, spreadsheets, etc. that may or not apply.
> But then why should I worry.  My business is with the ever increasing
> stock
> of buildings needing repair or retrofit that are presented to me because
> of
> the lack of proper detailing.  I don't know of anything that fell down
> because the calculations were ten, twenty or fifty percent off.  But I
> know
> of a lot of serious problems due to a missing link in the load path
> because
> the details were not properly developed on the drawing or where the
> engineer
> did not take redundancy or constuctability into account because he/she did
> not understand what goes on out at the construction site.
> Richard Hess
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joseph R. Grill [mailto:jrgrill(--nospam--at)cableone.net]
> Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 8:47 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Re: New and hopefully useful web site
> 
> 
> Chris,
> Great Idea!
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Chris Slater" <chris(--nospam--at)jdwylieengineering.com>
> To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2007 12:03 PM
> Subject: New and hopefully useful web site
> 
> 
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I've been in the engineering field for a few years now, having spent
> > the six years prior working in the IT industry.  While I enjoy
> > structural engineering much more, I have often been frustrated by the
> > lack of good examples available online.  If I want to solve a computer
> > problem, or learn how to do something new, there are many, many
> > resources available online.  If I want to learn how a structural
> > calculation is done, I have to spend a fair bit of money for either a
> > book, or a seminar.
> >
> > I had the idea a while back to try something out.  I wanted to create
> > a web site where engineers could share examples with one another.  At
> > our company, we have a folder on our server that is full of PDF scans
> > we've made of calculations that we think others might find
> > instructive.  What I'm hoping to do is to create a web site that
> > allows the engineering community to do the same.
> >
> > So I found a structure to build on, and put a site together -
> > www.examplecalcs.com.   The way it works is that examples can be
> > submitted, along with a short description and "tags" that help
> > identify it in a search.  These tags might be things like "Seismic",
> > "2001 IBC", "Wood Braced Frame", or what have you.  You can specify as
> > many as you see fit.   You can submit a link to either a calculation
> > that you have done, or one on another site that you think others might
> > find useful.
> >
> > Once a calculation is submitted, the other users on the site are able
> > to review it and "vote" it up or down, based on it's usefulness and
> > accuracy.  There's also the ability to post comments, in case
> > clarification is needed.
> >
> > Finally, I knew that some folks don't have a place to upload and share
> > an example from, so I put together an e-mail handler.  If you send an
> > e-mail to "incoming(--nospam--at)examplecalcs.com" with the subject of "Example"
> > and a PDF attached, the PDF will be saved to the site (at
> > www.examplecalcs.com/hosted/).  You'll reply a reply e-mail with a
> > link to your PDF that you can then submit from the regular site.
> >
> > The site is free.  I'm not making any money from it, but I do hope to
> > learn a lot.  Please try it out and send any feedback my way.  Also,
> > if you think it's a useful site, please pass it on to others.
> >
> > Chris Slater, PE
> >
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