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WABO/SEAW Liaison Committee

Structural Interpretation Requests


Announcing a new option to submit code or process interpretation requests to the WABO/SEAW Structural Liaison Committee.

Effective immediately, the WABO/SEAW Structural Liaison Committee will begin responding to WABO and SEAW members who submit requests for interpretation of structural code issues or code administration questions. Committee members decided to add this option as a way to improve code knowledge and consistency for our members. 

The Committee strives to improve communications between public jurisdictions that administer building codes and the engineering design community who perform building design and prepare construction documents.  The Committee also attempts to improve the quality of engineering submittals and project reviews as well as build consensus between engineers and building officials with regard to structural code interpretations and submittal requirements.

White Papers written by the Committee related to structural design, review and code compliance are available at the WABO Website or SEAW Website. 

Structural interpretation requests

Examples of interpretation requests

  1. Are structural calculations required to be done if the design engineer is confident that the design complies with the code?”  Committee answer: “No, but if a plans reviewer is in doubt of the code compliance, then calculations can be requested for confirmation of code compliance.”

  2. Can the plans reviewer require that specific analysis methods or software be used for the design?  Committee answer: “No, the design engineer can use whatever method or software that he/she wants to confirm code compliance with the structural design.  Software written for previous codes can be used if the SE is confident that the design used is in compliance with the current code.”


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