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Very detailed for bridges.  A complete independent check - not review -
is required.  The analysis is redone - often with different software as
required by some codes.  Every detail, every connection, every dimension
is checked.  Licensed engineers are generally used but unlicensed
engineers, under the supervision of a licensed engineer, are acceptable
for simple or common structures.

This is all outside of course any review done by the owner.  In the case
of Caltrans, their review for consultant designs often includes the
comparison of calculations between the designer and checker as well as a
general review of the plans for consistency with their standards.

Independent reviews and approval of design concepts for all state owned
(and many locally owned) bridges is carried  out by a panel of
experienced, licensed engineers from different functional groups -
Design, Construction, Maintenance, Hydraulics, Specifications,
Aesthetics (architects) & various applicable technical committees.
Reviews of the final design are also carried out by these same groups.
From: Bill Sherman
To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
Subject: [SEAOC] Quality in Engineering - checking
Date: Thursday, September 19, 1996 1:01AM

Here's a topic for discussion, relating to quality in engineering:

To what extent do you have your design's checked independently by
engineer?  Are your calculations checked independently by another
(licensed or unlicensed)?  How detailed is the check (number by number,
cursory review, etc.)?  Are your drawings/details checked?  Do you have
independent review done of your design concept by another professional

Is detailed checking cost effective?  Do your contracts with clients
the required level of quality control/ level of checking required?  How
competition affect the level of checking?  Is the playing field level
when it
comes to effort spent on checking?

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