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How did you know I was winging when I designed the sign?
Gary

Neil Moore wrote:
Who gets hurt if the sign decides to be a wild wing?

Neil Moore, SE, SECB



At 09:15 AM 2/29/2008, you wrote:
A "dynamic" analysis for a billboard....  Tomfoolery at its highest...

On Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 5:00 AM, Gary L. Hodgson and Assoc. <ghodgson(--nospam--at)bellnet.ca <mailto:ghodgson(--nospam--at)bellnet.ca>> wrote:

    Thanks, Harold
    I will be doing that.  There is no guidance in our codes on signs or
    other non-building structures. Your codes go further than ours,
    as ours
    are only written in regard to buildings.  If I want to design a crane
    runway, storage bin, or sign _for seismic loads_, I have to refer to
    American publications. The problem is that our codes don't use
    the same
    terms or geographical data.
    In going up against this municipality, I have to be on firm footing,
    because my customer has a history of bad relations with them--he
    has won
    two law suits against the city and their three page letter (of
    structural questions only) came two days after the latest
    judgement was
    published in the newspaper.  This city has the first or second
    highest
    average income in Canada and they don't like billboard signs, even if
    though there a lot of them existing in the city.  One of the
    questions
    was "did I do a dynamic analysis of the structure" (for a 20'x10'
    sign
    with a top at 25' above grade).
    Gary
    How many cases of beer do I owe you now?

    Harold Sprague wrote:
    > Gary,
    > The projected area in the plane of the sign is relatively small.
    > Seismic may govern.  You could categorize signs as nonbuilding
    > structures.  The loading is a function of the force resisting
    system
    > which establishes the response coefficient and the mass.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Harold Sprague
    >
    > > Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 17:04:42 -0500
    > > From: ghodgson(--nospam--at)bellnet.ca <mailto:ghodgson(--nospam--at)bellnet.ca>
    > > To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org <mailto:seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
    > > Subject: Sign Structures
    > >
    > > List,
    > > I design sign structures for 2 clients-these are all
    free-standing
    > signs
    > > on one or two posts. In our area, generally wind governs. A
    > > municipality has questioned whether I designed a particular
    sign for
    > > seismic loading. Nothing in our codes addresses the issue of
    signs
    > > subject to seismic loading unless they are part of a
    building, in which
    > > case they are considered a fixture just like a mechanical
    piece of
    > > equipment. Our codes only require that signs over a certain
    height or
    > > area have to be designed by a professional engineer. So, I
    guess my
    > > question is what seismic loading do you design signs for?
    Thanks in
    > > advance.
    > > Gary
    >
    >
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