Originally Posted by texcolo
They better be staggering their splice laps!!!
That is a good observation and point, but is it required in this situation, and should one do that?
From a load perspective, one normal to the ground and parallel, not orthogonal with the seam, would it not be better for a high rise to have that seam be as vertical and short as possible? Thus, generating less horizontal shear load component along the seam, producing a wall with greater torsional and tensile strength along the major load axis, in this example being vertical, not horizontal.
A similar analogy would be a non-wrapped seamed linear pipe. A pipe with a linear longitudinal seam being stronger than a pipe with a zigzag longitudinal seam.