(a) General requirements of this Code
(b) Purpose of this Code
(c) Applicability of this Code
(d) Interpretation of this Code
(g) Testing and inspection
(h) Approval of special systems of design, construction, or alternative construction materials
(a) For portions in air or water, or in soil incapable of providing adequate lateral restraint to prevent buckling throughout their length
(b) For structures assigned to Seismic Design Categories D, E, and F
(a) The word "shall" is always mandatory.
(b) Provisions of this Code are mandatory even if the word "shall" is not used.
(c) Words used in the present tense shall include the future.
(d) The word "and" indicates that all of the connected items, conditions, requirements, or events shall apply.
(e) The word "or" indicates that the connected items, conditions, requirements, or events are alternatives, at least one of which shall be satisfied.