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I have never heard or seen any publication, software, etc, that defined 
"service load" as anything other than "loads that occur at the service level." 

A "factored load" is in fact a "factored SERVICE load."

Anyone implying anything else does not understand the term.

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.


> On Jun 12, 2014, at 3:21 PM, Jim Getaz <jgetaz(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> Larry,
> I wish that term would go away. It used to mean unfactored loads, but I
> can never tell these days. "Factored" and "unfactored" are clear to everyone, 
> I think. Jim
> -----Original Message-----
> From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On
> Behalf Of Pappas, Glen J Sent: Thursday, June 12, 2014 4:18 PM
> To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Definition of "Service" Loads
> Larry, I use IBC, & although it doesn't define Service loads, it implies
> that service loads are nominal dead, live, wind, etc. loads (i.e., D, L, 
> W, etc. BEFORE you factor them for use in either LRFD/strength or ASD/WSD). 
> See IBC 1604.3, Serviceability.
> Glen

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