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

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Conrad Harrison [mailto:sch.tectonic(--nospam--at)bigpond.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:09 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: 3-D modeling
> 
> What put it in the code! Now that's a bad idea!
> 
> First have to provide an exact specification for the type of honey to be
> used and the species of ant. Then provide funding for a phD so that can
> determine the best combination of honey and ants to generate the maximum
> pain.
> 
> Then conduct an economic study, to see if the required specification of
> honey and ants are readily available to all. Reduce the performance
> criteria
> to allow more commercially available honey and ants to be used.
> 
> Then it will need reviewing against occupational health and safety
> requirements to ensure that pain can be inflicted without causing undue
> harm
> or violating human rights.
> 
> Then people will want to be innovative and adopt alternative solutions, so
> a
> performance based criterion will be required. A complex but cheap
> mathematical model will be developed, to avoid expensive testing; this
> will
> permit assessing the performance of alternative solutions: say eucalyptus
> leaves and a rogue koala.
> 
> Then we need an extra level of regulators to enforce the codified abuse of
> plan reviewers, since they won't enforce it on themselves.
> 
> Once adopted in the code. People will continue doing what they have always
> done, declaring they've been doing it this way for 30 years without
> problems. Or the whole idea will be considered too complex, and people
> will
> abandon the concept altogether. Once it falls into disuse the code writers
> will delete it from the code as obsolete. Some five or so years later, it
> will be perceived as an innovative new idea, and there will be moves to
> put
> it back in the code, with an improved system of enforcement promised.
> 
> So if you put it in the code it will just become too cumbersome to be
> practical. Or it will be taken to with enthusiasm and plan reviewers will
> become a rare and endangered species and the whole regulatory ecosystem
> will
> collapse. :-)
> 
> 
> 
> Regards
> Conrad Harrison
> B.Tech (mfg & mech), MIIE, gradTIEAust
> mailto:sch.tectonic(--nospam--at)bigpond.com
> Adelaide
> South Australia
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Allen [mailto:T.W.Allen(--nospam--at)cox.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, 16 January 2008 12:34
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: 3-D modeling
> 
> O.K., so when is this provision going to make its way into the code?
> 
> :o)
> 
> T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.
> ALLEN DESIGNS
> Consulting Structural Engineers
> 
> 
> > Also in my opinion there would be no benefit to doing a 3-D finite
> element
> > model for 1600 square foot two story snoopy house with 2' simpson strong
> > wall
> > garage front piers and if a plan reviewer makes you do one then they
> > should
> > be smothered in honey and thrown on an ant hill.
> 
> 
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