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[Bill Sherman]   
- but they should also allow for some form of "plan stamping" provided that 
adequate review is done and the PE is allowed to make revisions as deemed 
[Bill Polhemus]   
Well, in that case it wouldn't be "plan stamping"; it would be work done
"responsible charge" of the P.E. who is sealing the work. 
We need to get our definitions clear:  "Plan Stamping" means PRECISELY that
engineer simply takes drawings representing the work of another and, without 
any more than perhaps a cursory review, seals and signs them and receives a 
fee in return. 
[Bill Sherman]   
Your definition of plan stamping does not appear to be the one being used by 
others on this list - the definition being used appears to be "taking plans 
done by an unregistered engineer and stamping them after the design has been 
done" - regardless of the amount of review done by the stamping engineer.  
That was the question that started this thread - what amount of review is 
necessary to make this legal?   
Others have indicated that this cannot be legally done.  My point is that 
"responsible charge" should be better defined for such cases to make it 
possible to stamp another's work only if you satisfy yourself that the work
[Bill Polhemus]   
I have "thoroughly reviewed" the work of another P.E. who left the company. 
made sure that my review was thorough enough so that I was satisfied with
work (or made corrections as necessary to ensure my satisfaction) and then 
sealed the drawings.  This is not "plan stamping." 
[Bill Sherman]   
Some people/states would likely define what you did as plan stamping, since 
the work was not originally done under your direct supervision.  But I am 
suggesting that PE rules explicitly allow what you've done.  
[Bill Sherman] 
By the way, is anyone aware of any state which requires the PE to actually  
perform the calculations?  I am only aware of states which require that the  
design be done under the "direction" or "supervision" of a PE.   
[Bill Polhemus]   
Well, that's the point.  ALL work should be done under the "responsible 
charge" (the correct term last time I looked) of the P.E. who is sealing the 
drawings.  Not necessary for the P.E. to actually do the work; that would be 
confusing beyond belief.  I am currently in responsible charge of three 
projects, one very large, that will be sealed by me, yet I have a staff of 
nine professionals including six other engineers, who are doing by far the 
lion's share of the work. 
But the come to me with questions, and I provide the general direction.  In 
the end, I review the drawings after they have been thoroughly "checked" by 
the project engineers who work for me.  I have veto power of any and all 
aspects of the work.  That is "responsible charge." 
[Bill Sherman] 
I work in the same manner - I am involved in the design throughout, but I do 
not do all the design work myself.  My point is that since the PE is not 
required to perform all the calculations, there should not be a need to 
completely regenerate calculations when stamping work performed by others - 
rather performing a review of existing design calculations should be
On the other hand, I find the term "responsible charge" to be far too loose
some state laws.  I have seen cases where a project manager who is in charge 
of an overall project stamps the structural drawings - but the project
did not make a single technical comment on any of the drawings.  The work
done by "qualified" individuals who were not registered in the state in 
question.   This may meet a technical interpretation of the PE law but I do 
not think that it meets the intent to have a registered PE involved directly 
in the design.