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- From: "Casey K. Hemmatyar" <khemmatyar(--nospam--at)gmail.com>
- Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008 08:55:05 -0700
Same here. Remember ASCE7-05 when it came out with 24 pages of ERRATA?
It seems the more technology, the more negligence.
And the Code getting changed every THREE years!
Every 3 years you have to go through another 15-20 Codes, References and Manuals such as IBC, ASCE, AISC ACI, NDS, AISI, MSJC and so on…
And you keep hearing that in the media a "locomotive operator" (in case of text messaging cause for the Train accident 3 weeks ago) or a "building facility maintenance operator" is addressed as Engineer.
I just purchased the ACI 318-08 Concrete Code. My wife called me at work and said I had a package waiting for me. I love getting packages. I knew it was the new Concrete Code because I had just ordered it. So I looked forward to coming home to break into that book and see the progress our "cement buddies" had in making the Code a much improved document, especially our own dear Appendix D, which has succeeded in creating a whole new structural discipline of engineers that specialize exclusively in the design of CONCRETE ANCHORS (caps mine to honor a subject that ACI has seen fit to make as sophisticated as the wind provisions of ASCE.) What was the first thing I found in the package? Placed on top of the Code book so that it stood out proudly as if claiming, "Look at me! I am very Important!" Yep, Code Errata! A brand new code that isn't even accepted by code bodies and hasn't even been purchased by most practicing engineers, and there are four pages of ERRORS, whoops, excuse me, Errata. Can't anybody get a code book published without errors? Errata? B.S., these are errors. I don't care if they are the publishers' proof reader's errors or just stupidity in writing these books. When I do structural calculations, I don't do this kind of careless work. I submit my calcs to the City then I routinely follow up with errata? I don't think so. Everyone makes mistakes but the codes make them routinely and treat them as if they are just another facet of the code.
As a Structural Engineer licensed in the four western states, I find the constant necessity of correcting codes with constant errata totally unacceptable.
Robert Garner, S.E.
Moffatt & Nichol
Tel.: (619) 220-6050
Fax.: (619) 220-6055
Ship it back I say and write on the mailing label "I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE".
Sorry for the caps so early in the morning. Washington has me very angry. I'm convinced we have two parties; the liberal, err progressive Democrats and the moderate Democrats masquerading as the Republican party.
When John McCain says "No more earmarks", don't believe him. He just signed a bill with a bunch of them included!
Sorry for the political rant, but I felt that it was O.K. since I bashed everyone.
T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.
Consulting Structural Engineers
V (949) 248-8588 • F(949) 209-2509
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