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Ideally you are correct and I agree, but in reality there have been many
engineers that have been "on the hook" when there was not really a
structural problem. It seems that someone is always willing to say that this
or that could have been done better, at the expense of some engineer's
livelyhood. I never meant to denegrate those who are work in legal areas (I
have done this also), I was just pointing out there is a difference between
the two types of reviews.

At 06:45 PM 9/12/97 -0400, you wrote:
>Randy Vogelgesang, SE wrote,
><It is an expert witnesses job to sharpen their pencil and find the
>maximum fault, to make the situtation looks worse than it is. >
>I would take exception to that statement.
>It is a professional engineer's responsibility to provide unbiased,
>impartial testimony in technical matters and to advise his/her client's
>attorney in those matters.
>A professional structural engineer's responsibility to his/her client is to
>provide the client with a structural design such that the health, safety
>and welfare *of the public* is not jeopardized.  It is not a professional
>engineer's responsibility to act as an advocate for the client in any way!
>I will admit that there are some that meet the definition that Randy
>provides, but then there are whores in every business.
>A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
>Tucson, Arizona