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Re: seaint Digest for 16 May 2012

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Subject: Site Accelerations

The building code, for your area, is the standard of care. 

Because USGS is non bias and overseen by a large group of engineering professionals it can be concluded that USGS is a standard of care for interpreting the code. If they show signs of unscientific bias towards interpreting the code then stop using them.

Glossy magazines, email news letters, websites, design programs and seminars by the non practitioners of our profession and persons not representing a consensus of a large population of designers should not be relied on as your final conclusion of the standard of care. Many times groups will write up substantially accepted methods of design only to throw in a few articles that appear bias or pushing towards a product that may or may not be the best choice. Use them to stimulate thought, not to conclude.

David Merrick, SE
San Francisco/Sacramento