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RE: engineers and single family houses

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>Ken Agee wrote: 
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>> This is my understanding of Texas law; correct me if I am wrong: 
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>> 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 
>> the drawings after a thorough review and backcheck.  This is considered  
>> illegal plan stamping. 
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>> Another architect prepares residential plans without input 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. 
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>Stan Caldwell responded: 
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>> Your statements above are correct.  The first paragraph describes an 
>> illegal activity, and the second does not.   
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>Stan, how do you interpret the first activity as illegal?  If the PE has his 
>own engineering business and is licensed in Texas, then in effect the 
>architect has hired the engineering business to perform the design.  If the 
>engineer provides sketches to the architect and backchecks the drafting, then
>in effect the engineer has contracted for drafting services but has not given
>up engineering control.  I don't see the illegality here. 
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>I haven't read Texas Senate Bill 623, but the September Texas PE Newsletter 
>does not appear to describe why the first item above would be illegal. 
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Bill:

I have just run out of electronic paper and ink.  Please review my
lengthy response to Simon's similar inquiry.

Stan Caldwell, P.E.
>In Dallas ... In Mourning 
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