A Reassessment of Codified Limit States Design

by Carl J. Turkstra, Polytechnic Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Methods in Civil Engineering


This paper examines the nature of design codes and their relation to engineering practice. It suggests that codes impose unjustifiable and, in the long term, destructive constraints on the use of an engineer's knowledge, experience and judgment. A liberalization of design is proposed as a remedial measure.

Subject Headings: Limit states | Structural design | Building design | Standards and codes | Engineering profession | Building codes | Structural engineering | Load factors

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