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I've called BORPELS (California) regarding this issue. I was told that this
is a growing trend and as long as the EOR is in the loop and maintains
control over the design, he/she is still in responsible charge and would be
My specific question had to do with hiring designers as consultants for work
and transmitting work electronically via the Internet.
I believe the letter of the law (so to speak) is being interpreted for the

Dennis Wish PE

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Sent: Thursday, November 05, 1998 5:54 AM
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Subject: RE: Design via Internet (India & Mexico)

The individual engineer responsible for the work must be registered in the
state in which the project is located. If someone in another country is
the work via the internet for an engineer in this country to seal, that
appear not to be "responsible charge". Any engineer who has knowledge of
type of arrangement should report it to the appropriate licensure board - I
doubt they would look favorably on the practice.

Bill Keen

-----Original Message-----
From: Szuchuan Chang On Behalf Of Szuchuan Chang
Sent: Wednesday, November 04, 1998 10:18 PM
To: mail@ih {seaint(--nospam--at)}
Subject: Re: Design via Internet (India & Mexico)

At 12:03 PM 11/4/98 -0600, you wrote:
>I have heard of larger companies sending work to India and Mexico via
>internet to be designed and drafted for a far lower fee.  I have also
>that some of this work is good work and timely.  I don't know about
>everybody else, but that is pretty darn scary to me.
>Has anyone else heard about this type of deal?
>Blake Haley, P.E.
>White Engineering Associates, Inc.

It has been the case for at least 7-10 years for software design firms.
Major firms like Hewlett Packard contracts their software design to

The advantages of India are (1) very very low wages, (2) English
(3) good universities that keep on producing highly educated engineers.

We are just scratching the surface of the power hidden inside the
Internet.  With Electronically ways of submittal of designs, many parts
of design can be subcontracted to the lowest bidder that have the access
to the internet. Internet highways know of no borders between nations.
Unlike toys or auto parts, they don't even have to worry about shipping
and import/expor fees.  We will have to be able to adjust to the impact
of this global village.  It is coming like it or not!!!

Sam Chang

Cupertino CA