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RE: Disaster Dilemma

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It's interesting how a discussion about suggestions on how to assist the
disaster displaced has lead to so many tangential responses.  The rapid
response system that OES volunteers provide is not intended to provide a
full structural evaluation for any of the structures under review.  One of
the major intents is to try and identify immediate safety hazards.  Yellow
or red tags only indicate the potential for these hazards and that a
further review is required by those, hopefully, with more experience or
qualifications in evaluating the status of the structure.  With proper
training, some of which is in place as we speak, professionals with varying
degrees of expertise in structures can and have been an asset to the rapid
response program.

Discussions on this invaluable service do not seem to be the proper place
to thrash any particular professions ability to do the more complex
evaluations! In the history of registration in California architects
actually had the right to do structural engineering before there was a
structural engineering title. "Practice Restrictions" are the purview of
the legislature and BORPELS. It is not something which involves ICBO.

On some of the other issues discussed the following updates might be of
	1. The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) has
issued a unanimous position that "continuing education" should be required
for structural engineers.
	2. Both the NCSEA and the Structural Engineers Institute (SEI), of ASCE,
are working together with other professional organizations to forward this
	3. The recognition of "structural engineers" in the licensing process
should be common to all states. This issue is also on the collective
strategic plans of the above mentioned coalitions.
	4. The quality of undergraduate and post graduate education for structural
engineers is also receiving a great deal of attention.

 Hopefully, through this forum or others the status of these efforts will
be displayed for review and comments. As was alluded to in one or more of
the responses on this thread "Structural Engineering " is your chosen
profession, if you want to improve any related aspect GET INVOLVED.