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What's al this about a continuous load path?  Didn't we get rid of all that
"seat of the pants" engineering when we adopted the IBC?
Now, from what I gather from list server questions, the important thing is
to pick an R to the closest 0.25 and load the appropriate software and it
doesn't matter where the load path goes as long as there are lots of
mathematical equations that are solved to the 5th decimal place.
I think that's called "performance based engineering" nowadays. 
Richard Hess
Member SEAOC Code Committee

-----Original Message-----
From: T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. [mailto:Bill(--nospam--at)AllenDesigns.com] 
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 9:31 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: Any Of You Folks Need A Writer?

I'll help:

Seismic Design
1. Preliminary Design
1.1. Choose any rational base shear coefficient between 0.1 and 0.4g.
1.2. Choose any rational vertical distribution including but not limited to
rectangular and inverted triangular.
1.3. Choose any rational horizontal distribution including but not limited
to rigid diaphragm analysis and flexible diaphragm analysis.
1.4. Design structural elements accordingly ensuring stability at maximum
loading.
2. Final Design
2.1. Provide (i.e., design and detail) a continuous load path from roof to
foundation verifying all connections.
2.2. Go to the jobsite and verify all the design elements are installed as
they were designed.

End of section.


T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA #S2607)

ALLEN DESIGNS
 Consulting Structural Engineers
        32302 Camino Capistrano, #206
         San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    V (949) 248-8588.F (949) 209-2509



-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc] 
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 8:48 AM
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Subject: Re: Any Of You Folks Need A Writer?

Probably end up sounding the same. That's about lawyers not engineers,
architects or constructors. 

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
Via iPhone 3G

On May 20, 2011, at 8:49 AM, "Garner, Robert" <rgarner(--nospam--at)moffattnichol.com>
wrote:

> Bill,
> 
> Please help write our various building codes!!  I need say no more.
> 
> Best wishes for your success, however.
> 
> Bob Garner
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc] 
> Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 8:17 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Any Of You Folks Need A Writer?
> 
> Still flailing about trying to figure how to order my life 
> post-engineering. FWIW, I took eleven credit hours this past semester 
> and received a 3.7 GPA (German and a History seminar).
> 
> Anyway, I was talking to one of my "new" professors who mentioned that 
> one advantage Liberal Arts folks have over...well, just about everyone 
> else, is their ability to construct a coherent written sentence in 
> English, and string several such sentences together to make a paragraph, 
> etc.
> 
> It just so happens that my last GRE Verbal score, from back in 2006, was 
> in the 99th Percentile for all people taking the test that year. That is 
> to say, I am far, far above average insofar as my verbal and writing 
> ability are concerned.
> 
> So, how about it? Anyone out there need some help with formulating 
> reports or other documents using the Queen's English (or the American 
> variant thereof)? How about EDITING such? Proofreading, correcting, 
> advising as to content, etc.? Obviously it helps that I am well-versed 
> in the engineering lingo as well as having that rare ability for an 
> engineer, of being able to use non-mathematical syntax.
> 
> Give me a holler if I can help. I work cheap, you know. I pretty much 
> have to.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Bill Polhemus (still) P.E.
> 
> (P.S. Hopefully soon I can lend a hand in the German language as well! 
> Heh-heh!)
> 
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