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- From: "Drew A. Norman, S.E." <dnormanse(--nospam--at)email.msn.com>
- Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 10:04:56 -0800
Thank you to everyone who has responded to my post. Your input is appreciated and I thought you'd like to know what I did. Had a conference call this morning with inspector and contractor to verify that our issue was with the reports and not the inspection. Apparently he was there and did perform the inspections against the appropriate documents (although his report were inadequate), so I've decided on options B and C. I'm making a site observation visit today and insisting on a revised or supplemental report before I sign off as EOR, but assuming I get what I need I am NOT going to report the inspector to the City (option D). Some follow up questions I'd be interested in anyone's thoughts on: 1. Do we need changes at City Hall, specifically some method of recognizing the fact that field changes occur and that it is simply not practical to require that the minor ones be submitted to and approved by the plan check engineer? 2. Should the code recognize a difference between an "exception" and a "deficiency" and provide a mechanism to allow inspector to record exceptions without rejecting work as deficient? 3. What should a good concrete placement inspection report include? Is "per approved plans" sufficient or should the report include such information as slump test results, number of cylinders taken, concrete supplier's name, volume of concrete placed and trip ticket data (time in transit, water added, mix design number)? Are there specific code requirements somewhere I can refer to? 4. What needs to be included in field welding, epoxy anchor or other types of inspection reports? 5. Does requiring things we don't have the power or will to insist on (e.g., daily reporting, specific content requirements, or those final signed reports Neil Moore and I both require by note but rarely see) expose our firms to MORE liability? Would we be better of scrapping the notes and going along with industry standard "good enough" even when not compliant with the letter of the code or our own ideas of what was good practice and in our client's best interests? I would really be interested in thoughts from building officials on this thread in general and the above questions in particular. Drew Norman Drew A. Norman, S.E.
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