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Once upon a Time............

Discussion in 'Commercial Seismic' started by CodeWarrior, Jul 29, 2017.

  1. CodeWarrior

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    Looks like the Chinese figured out effective earthquake design a long time ago. Modern science using shake table tests have validated the techniques. Although the ancient way was done with wood, if the methods could be adopted to modern materials, this may prove to be worthwhile.

    The article concludes that there still is a significant risk to live with modern Chinese construction due to corruption. There code enforcement is apparently a joke. If the builder is rapacious (Modern China seems to be a haven for greed), the code officials will readily join forces and let the innocent suffer from the result. That's why supposedly humble government officials hire bodyguards.

    Anyway, we seem to have our own troubles on corruption when the ICC Code Committee rejected adoption of ASCE-16 into the 2018 IBC and it look a lot of effort by ASCE to finally overturn the decision. The ICC members should push the ICC Board to fire that committee and reform the committee selection process so these decisions don't happen again!


    http://interestingengineering.com/dougong-ancient-chinese-brackets-make-buildings-earthquake-proof/
     

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