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- From: Peter Kim <PKIM(--nospam--at)BAS.CI.LA.CA.US>
- Date: Mon, 22 Dec 1997 07:45:48 -0800
Just as there are many private engineers with varying degree of ability and personality making judgements based on personal experience, it should be expected that there will be many plan check engineers with varying degree of ability and personality also making judgements based on their personal experience. >>> Jeff Smith <smthengr(--nospam--at)sirius.com> 12/19/97 10:45am >>> The other day I submitted some structural plans for a sesimic upgrade of the ground floor of a three story wood framed residential building. I went through the project with the plan checker at the counter, he did a cursory review of the calcs for proper lateral coeficient, reviewed the plans and details, special inspection requirements, etc. I received an over the counter approval after several hours at the building department. I have done this before on a few other jobs that did not have planning department/handicap/fire/occupancy/etc issues. I explained this to an architect colleague and he was shocked, implying that the plan checker could not adequatley plan check this type of project over the counter. Can anyone tell me if there is a uniform requirement for plan checkers responsibilites? Is it up the the local building department to develop plan check standards? Is it the plan checkers responsibilty to check every line of every calc.If a plan checker knows that a certain engineer is consistantly bringing in either sloppy work or very good work, are likely to to adjust the rigor of the plan check? It is clear to me that a plan checkers approach to plan checking is as varied as their personalities. Regards, Jeff Smith. S.E. phone: (415) 543-8651 fax: (415) 543-8679 email: smthengr(--nospam--at)sirius.com Smith Engineering 27 South Park San Francisco, CA 94107
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