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RE: engineers and single family houses

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>     This is my understanding of Texas law; correct me if I am wrong:
     A PE engineers a residential structure for an architect.  The PE
>         provides calculations and completely details the structure with
>          sketches.  The architect prepares the drawings and the PE stamps
>     drawings after a thorough review and backcheck.  This is considered 
>     illegal plan stamping.
>     Another architect prepares residential plans without imput from a PE 
>     and a contractor builds the structure based on UBC Conventional 
>     provisions, or some other standard.  This is not illegal, and in fact, 
>     encouraged.
>     How are the Texas laws better than those in California where the 
>     majority of this type of structure is engineered by a PE?
>     Ken Agee, S.E.

Your statements above are correct.  The first paragraph describes an
illegal activity, and the second does not.  I don't recall stating that
the Texas laws are better, but they certainly are different.  I think
the purpose of the Texas laws are to hold the engineer fully accountable
for his/her own work, but not for the work of others.

Hope this helps ... Stan Caldwell in Dallas