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We had a project in Adak out on the Aleutians a few years ago to design the foundation for a pre-engineered building. ASCE 7-05 has the wind speeds on the Aleutians mapped at 130 mph, but the map stops east of Adak (-170 degrees with Adak at -177). Somehow the manufacturer didn't use the 130 mph but instead called the mayor (town population less than 150) and he supposedly said use 105 mph and they went ahead and cut the steel. We pointed the correct wind speed to the manufacturer who was going to look into it and we never heard back.

On 12/22/2014 12:59 PM, nma wrote:

Your checking with the building department was a good move. We had a project in North Dakota and the contract said to use ASCE 7-05 (current at that time), but the contract also said that we had to verify all of our loads. When I checked with the local building official, the ice load was 3" T thick; we already had a snow load of 35 psf, but the Corp of Engrs dinged me because ASCE 7 said .5" of ice. We didn't change our design for them.

Neil Moore, PE, SE

On 12/22/2014 1:06 PM, Scott Maxwell wrote:
I did finally talk to someone at the building department. He said use the 41 psf.

So, 41 psf it is.


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