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A list of frequently asked questions and drops of knowledge generated by experience, mistakes, and doing what makes sense. It is what it is.

  1. Is LRFD Ultimate?


  1. Is strength level LRFD?


  1. What is service level?

  • Service level wind: 0.6W

  • Service level seismic: 0.7E

  • Service level live and dead: 1.0 factor

  1. What forces do you use to check against allowable drift?

LRFD, also known as strength level: 1.0E

  1. Design connections and members to what now?

For strength level seismic design, demand is Ω (omega, overstrength or seismic amplification factor) times the ultimate unfactored seismic load and capacity is ɸ (phi, or reduction factor) times the nominal capacity. [Ref XXX. Citation needed.]

  1. What slenderness ratio (KL/r) should I design for?

  • Max (KL/r) for cold-formed steel less than 300.

  • Max (KL/r) for structural steel less than 200.

  1. How are LVFs (low-velocity fasteners) designed for seismic loads in concrete?

For exterior seismic design of LVFs in concrete, check with non-structural component seismic body forces (a_p = 1.0, R_p = 2.5) 0.7F_p against a resultant 90 lbf. Check with non-structural component seismic connector forces (a_p = 1.25, R_p = 1.0) 0.7F_p against allowable capacities listed in ESR reports.

  1. What forces are doghouses, penthouses, and other roof structures designed for?


  1. Which code am I using?


  1. What are the office holidays?


  1. My printer's not working.

Try restarting your computer.

  1. Is this right?

I don't know. You tell me.

  1. Does this work?

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