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In my experience, what BORPELS' consultant is asking for (particularly in
1987) is far in excess of normal for a 500 SF addition, unless of course
it was a highly unusual addition.  I would like to find out how many
satisfied clients that consultant had in 1987, since he must have been 
charging more for engineering than the builder charged for construction.

Russ Nester
Simi Valley, CA
On Thu, 11 Sep 1997 23:20:15 -0400 (EDT) HARRISENGR(--nospam--at) writes:
>     I have been asked by a civil engineer in another county to 
>comment on
>his structural engineering for a 500 SQ. FT. room addition he calc'ed 
>     There was a complaint ( but no failure type problem ) and BORPELS 
>one of their technical consultants, who also does litigation work, to
>comment. The expert SE said the civil engineer should have 
>investigated the
>site, tested the concrete, obtained a soil report, as well as 
>structural observation , and since he did not the civil engineer is ( 
>1997 )
>incompetent and BORPELS has offered to settle by allowing the civil 
>to give up his license for 4 years. 
>     It was a calc and sketch job for  $450.00 and the were 37 pages 
>of calcs
>and sketches.
>     I have probably plan checked 3000 room additions, and these calcs 
>above average . I am shocked by what the BORPELS consultant 
>recommends. If i
>did everything he is criticising i would have to charge $3500.00 plus 
>$2000.00 for a soil report and $750. for a concrete testing lab, all 
>for a
>calc and sketch job on a 500 sq. ft. room addition!
>      Am i in left field or do others calc and sketch without a soil 
>report (
>use 1000psf ), not visiting the site ( assume it was built to code ) , 
>forego structural observation on small room additions.
>     I would like to know what others include as minimum services for 
>residential room addition.
>     Thanks in advance.
>     Tom Harris , SE
>     Thousand Oaks, CA