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At 09:26 PM 1/19/98 -0800, you wrote:
>The role of structural engineer in the construction team has changed
>quite a lot recently, thanks to the enforcement of the Structural
>Observation Code section by some major cities in California and the
>awareness of construction deficiencies by some conscious owners.
>When I first start practicing structural engineering back in 1982. A
>typical job usually required only a couple of site visits by structural
>engineer.  Most cities, especially the small ones, never asked for
>structural observation letters from the EOR. In some jobs, you never get
>to see a single rebar or joists ..., the next time you passed by the job
>site, it was already occupied. So as long as the inspectors okay it, the
>contractor got the Cert. of occupancy.  I think it is still the same
>practice in most small cities.  Shame on them.
>Major city like LA has enforced Structural Observations for quite a few
>years already. So the contractors will have to get a ok from both the
>city inspectors and the structural engineer in order to get passed. 
>This has improved the finished construction quite a lot. Sometimes, you
>will be surprised what is happening in the real world if you just stay
>in the office doing design.  Structural observations will definitely
>improve our design skills and decrease construction deficiencies.
>Tom Chiu, SE
>Thomas Engineering
>Walnut, CA
>Arenson wrote:
>> I've recently been asked this question and thought I would solicit a few
>> What is the role of the structural engineer in the
Architecture/Engineer/Construction team?
>> What has it historically been?
>> What changes are currently taking place?
>> Regards
>> Nick Arenson
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