Breaking the Chains of Codification (Available only in Structural Engineering special issue)

by Gary Hart, P.E., Civ. and Envir. Prof.; Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 12, Pg. 8A-10A

Document Type: Feature article


Structural engineers should break free of the chains placed on them by national design standards and codes that translate into totally prescriptive design. Good structural engineers perform calculations and technical analysis, but only complete the design when they are confident that they are finished, not when the design is strictly based on prescriptive code. It is time to overcome the inherent obstacles of prescriptive code and accept performance based design not simply as an option, but as the standard for all good structural design.

Subject Headings: Structural design | Standards and codes | Performance-based design | Structural engineering | Structural analysis

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